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Linnea Ashley on September 27th, 2005

No more tent city…we finally got rooms at the Hampton inn. Sounds great. Is great. I haven’t slept in such a plush bed in quite some time. Even so…I have to choke back tears or at least a huge sigh of apprehension every time I walk in or out of it.  It is directly in […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 26th, 2005

We evacuated today. I haven’t decided if we were being overly cautious or just so…but when we got to the drc (disaster recovery center) at 8:30am, there was a line that wrapped out of the parking lot and down the street. They weren’t for us…we are pretty good at getting people processed and through the […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 25th, 2005

we got lucky….rita, though bad, wasn’t what we feared she’d be. even so, she dumped rain on already saturated land. i’m sure you’ve all seen the news (i haven’t, electricity was out the night and morning of the storm and cable stayed out all day…) but the levees broke or were breached or decided that […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 23rd, 2005

so, i’m sitting in the office of a comfort in in baton rouge. there are about 30 of us…a little less…but about that. combined we have two hotel rooms and a confrence room – a lot of cots and sleeping bags and nervous energy.of course, about a day and a half ago we were a […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 22nd, 2005

looks like i’m about to be on the road again…not a plan of mine dear friends, but rita has me on the road again. we just closed our office in st. charles parish where we were processing disaster victims so that they could get money for katrina – then dear rita who was headed for […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 18th, 2005

i’m at the lsu library for a quick moment to reflect, contact folks and stop sneezing. today we ventured to the homemade shelter for pets. not my idea of a good time but one of my new friends has been really awesome and wanted to try this out…bad idea of the allergy persuasion.i ended up […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 17th, 2005

so two days here…and i’m tired beyon tired. all i can do is work and then sleep. heat and more heat… water and then peeing more water more peeing. and i’m so glad to be useful and i’m so glad to be moving but my oh my how tired am i. today we were out in […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 10th, 2005

don’t fuss…for those of you who didn’t hear from me directly…i just found out my flight info this evening. it wasn’t a slight, just a slipping away of time.i decided that i need to DO something. so rather than lament this horrible event and cry over all the suffering i decided that i, unlike most […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 10th, 2005

or if it is cement it isn’t quite dry yet. late this morning i got a phone call from crisis corps and had an impromptu interview. it was strange to be on the answering side of the questions after so long as a recruiter. it went well enough until she asked if i have had […]

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