Day 2


What a day!!!  No pics because I’m on a different computer and it doesn’t have a card reader.  The weather today was perfect for doing roofing, which was what a team of six of us did all day.  It’s back-breaking work, especially tearing off the old shingles and tar paper.  Of course it’s hotter up there, too.  We had to take breaks and drink a bottle of water or Gatorade every forty-five minutes to an hour or we’d have become dehydrated.  All of us got nails in our shoes but fortunately none broke the skin.  And of course you lather on the sunscreen and discover later what inch of skin you missed.  I need to remember to take sunscreen for your lips along next time!  We got most of the shingles off and laid new tar paper in the back.  There are some parts of the roof which need to have new plywood put on, so I guess we’ll do that tomorrow. 


Here are some interesting facts about Hurricane Katrina:  It affected the Bahamas, Glorida, Cuba, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  It hit the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana on August 29, 2005 as a Category 5 hurricane with 155+ mph sustained winds for the first six hours and 130+ mph sustained winds for the next six hours with higher gusts.  A 20-30 foot storm surge went inland six miles in some areas (hard to believe the one in Myanmar went 25 miles inland), and 90% of the structures within one-half mile of the coastland were destroyed.  There were 250 tornados documented by the National Weather Service in Katrina’s eye-wall as it crossed the Mississippi coast.  More than 1,300 people were killed (but none in D’Iberville). 


The D’Iberville Volunteers Foundation is run by two volunteers, “Dr. Ed” and “Miss Irene”, who have poured their lives into rebuilding this town.  Their job is almost done, and the camp will be closing probably in a month.  There’s going to be a celebration in June with a lot of workers returning from all parts of the U.S.  There’s a woman here who’s name is Ella (can’t remember her last name).  She’s been here for over a year, I think, and she’s done a documentary on the work here in D’Iberville.  The “world premiere” will be shown at the reunion.  I believe she’s in talks with some syndicates and hopefully we’ll see it on cable in the future. 


As of May 1 the DVF has completed 950+ homes and still has 62+ in progress.  New homes constructed and/or in progress are 39.  There are 7,025 registered volunteers who have come from more than 445 faith-based rganizations, 40 academic institutions, three Habitat-for-Humanity chapters, and 20 primary and 30 secondary support groups.  DVF’s volunteers have come from the U.S. and seven foreign countries, including Canada and Mexico.  More than 80-long term volunteer leaders have served with the Foundation during the past 2.75 years. 


I’m going to sign off soon and go to bed.  I’m incredibly tired, but it’s a good kind of tired, although my body is reminding me exactly how young I’m not :)  We found out after dinner tonight about the quake in China.  They said a smaller magnitude quake hit that region in 1976 and killed a quarter of a million people, so I’m sure the death toll is going to rise.   And there is going to be an increase in these natural disasters (though it has nothing to do with global warming).


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