Rita and Me

Lake Charles, LA

On September 24,2005, hurricane Rita came ashore just to the west of my parent's home in Lake Charles, LA, causing significant damage to the community and to their house. I was pressed into service to help them move and the following is a diary of my experience.

Background: 1962 - 2005
September 21, 2005 - October 1, 2005: The Evacuation and the Storm
September 27, 2005 - October 5, 2005: Refugees and The Reconnaissance Trip
Initial Cleanup
Leaving Lake Charles
October 6, 2005 - October 23, 2005: Waiting
October 23 - 26, 2005: Back To Missouri
Wednesday-Thursday, October 26-27, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Monday, October 31, 2005
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Friday, November 4, 2005
Saturday, November 5, 2005
Sunday, November 6, 2005
Monday, November 7, 2005
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
December 1 - 4, 2005
December 5 - 7, 2005: The Trip Home
Epilogue