Hometown Destruction

While Gustav skimmed by New Orleans, the deep bayous of Louisiana flooded out, and capital city Baton Rouge took the brunt of the high winds. Designated the staging center for relief efforts, it reversed identities from aid workers to aid recipients.

My family so far has come out with minimal damage--tree limbs, debris, battered roofs, broken fences--but fellow victims of city-wide power outages. They hope the clouds keep the extreme heat to a minimum, but I don't envy them the humidity.

I found a photo montage of scenes from around Baton Rouge after the storm. Sort of disconcerting to see familiar places looking so ravaged. Pray for continued safety of residents, electricians, aid workers and the National Guard.