Monday, November 5, 2007

New Orleans Volume 1

Well we made it!!!! After a grueling 16 hour or so drive, we arrived in New Orleans around 10:30 this morning. After receiving our marching orders, we headed off to a house on the eastern side of the city. Talking to locals, it seems that this area had about 6 to 8 feet of water. Our particular house is not far from the 17th Street canal, which if I remember correctly, was one of the first canals to fail.

So here's the house. 6-8 feet I would estimate is right above the window unit air conditioners. So this house had to be gutted entirely, from the ceiling to the floors. All of the electrical, plumbing and sheet rock hanging has been done, so we are doing the finishing work. This is a duplex, and our goal is to have both sides as far done as primed by the time the week ends.

So tomorrow, it's more of the same!

Linda is working at the Eastbank Station office again. She spent the afternoon contacting clients to see how they're doing, and if they need additional help. She's glad to report that one person told her that her family is back in their home and that her file could be closed. In the "small world" department, she spoke to a man who is handling details about his parents' house. He is a member of St. Matthews. Another client thanked us for coming to help, and promised to pray that we would arrive home safely.

Joyce and Peggy cooked a scrumptious meal of spaghetti and meatballs. With such good food, we are all bound to be adding a few pounds!

Stay tuned! New Orleans Volume 2 will be coming tomorrow, same place, same time!

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