Just because Geraldo has abandoned his post next to the Industrial Canal and the cable chatterers have moved on to more important things doesn't mean that "Louisiana dodged a bullet." As the Daily Comet in Thibodeaux reports:
Folks who evacuated as Gustav approached seem to have been following the aftermath on the Houmatoday.com Web site, whenever they could find access to the Internet.
With such massive evacuation, and the general power and communications problems since the storm, there have been few other sources of accurate information. Television news seems to have turned its attention elsewhere.
For some excellent reporting, including vital links to emergency help, closures, cancellations, phone numbers, photographs of coastal town damage, and a Google map or two, HoumaToday is the go-to place. Good work down there.
Meanwhile, Maitri Venkat-Ramani passes this along:
Hurricane Gustav subjected New Orleans to minimal damage, but the communities west and southwest of us suffer. Chief among them is the United Houma Nation, whose presence stretches all the way from New Orleans to Lafayette in the Cajun triangle. Big media's eyes are all over New Orleans now and Red Cross is setting up shelters and relief efforts here. This email is a request to highlight the plight of the Houma people with your own coverage as well as to ask your connections at other media outlets to do the same.
Brenda Dardar Robichaux is the principal chief of the United Houma Nation. She is a friend of our wonderful community activist, Karen Gadbois. Monetary/supplies donation information is here. Please publish this information and contact Brenda for interviews or more info as necessary.
Here's where the people of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes stand as of this morning. Keep them in your thoughts...and, if you're inclined, in your donations.