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It's been almost a month since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Dr. Phil checks back in with the families he met who are trying to rebuild their shattered lives. Judy was forced to leave her home and move in with relatives. Can she stop feeling hopeless about her life and get some closure on what she left behind? Then, Dwight, a college student, evacuated 17 family members from New Orleans. Now, paying for college is a struggle for him. Plus, Dr. Phil checks in on evacuees who relocated across the country and got big surprises, and a member of his staff sees her childhood home for the first time since it was destroyed by the hurricane.  Join the discussion.

 

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September 30, 2005, 4:57 am CDT

Food for the Troops at Katrina

I was glad that the Dr. Phil show could initiate the actions that brought basic food, hamburgers and juice, to those helping out in the Katrina wake. 

  

I was disturbed that this basic food was received with words like, "The best food that we have seen", or "They are out there working all day without food." 

  

Am I missing something or have we taxpayers through our legislators just given billions of dollars for the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast and previously given billions of dollars to keep our military strong. I had assumed that would include good food.  

  

This is not the first time that I have heard that our troop's food is being rationed. The fact that people can and are picking up the slack with care packages to the military is not the issue. The people have always given extra to the troops in the way of care, but in these times, the care packages are necessary to our troops and that is the concern. 

  

Does anyone else wonder? 

 
September 30, 2005, 5:26 am CDT

Wavelan D MS katrina survivor story

No one truly knows what the Katrina victims are living with, the toll it has taken on so many the mental fatigue we feel on a daily basis the images of children who lost both parents.  I am a survivor and this is my story ................

  

 

  

 

Was about 4 am we lost power we were all unaware of the deadly wall of water and 200+ mph winds baring down on us last we heard Katrina was heading more west  , we were all huddled up at restaurant my wife and I worked at we chose that location because the back part was supposed to be hurricane proof. We made the decision to stay open that night to feed police officers and other emergency personnel  was no other business open everyone was closed down due to the curfew imposed  the police officers told us we had made the right decision to stay in that building if we would of evacuated when everyone else we would been among the countless numbers of people were trapped in their cars by the rising water and wind. Around 6 am or so the wind began to pick up, the half inch plate glass windows began to move in and out with every gust of wind around 7 am the windows exploded in a hale of glass, my wife and father were standing near them I heard the explosion and ran up front grabbed my wife and spun her around to prevent her from being cut to death. I went after my father to find him standing beside where the window once was I called his name 3 or 4 times but the look on his face was one of shock and horror was able to get his attention and got him away from the window casing. Once the windows exploded the roof began to be tore off there was insulation falling out of ceiling and rain was coming in through what was left of the roof , pieces of tin were flying all around hitting our vehicles and busting out other windows in the plaza where we were. Then the storm surge came in 35 foot wall of water the water rose 3 foot in less then 10 minutes, so we decided to put our 2 children up on counter of restaurant that gave us time to figure a plan for survival burger king was across the parking lot from us.  So looked at my brother and said "you think we can make it over there "  we went out in 100 mph winds and chest deep water he came back and said get the truck which was 4 wheel drive we loaded everyone up and drove through the water to the other side, my wife went to look for a first aid kit just incase we would need it by this time the water about 2 foot into burger king. We saw a man with a boat I set the panic alarm off on the truck to get their attention he saw us but couldn't get to this right then so a boy waded about 200 yards in the dark murky swirling water and grabbed my youngest son put him on his back and took him to a building that sat even higher then burger king my brother grabbed my oldest and went out to higher ground. My wife and mother went out next by this time the boat was coming our way my wife and mother were stepping on god knows what under the water could of been bodies and signs my wife helped my mom into the boat, took them across what was once hwy 90 but at this point looked more like a river. The boat came back for my father and me and we told them to go help the people trapped in their houses by the water we was alright for time being. This went on for about 5 or 6 hours finally we see sunshine we knew the storm had passed so I decided to venture out in the truck I was unprepared for what was to come I saw infants still in their car seats and parents holding on to them with their last breath, saw a little girl around 5 or 6 years of age standing near what used to be a house I stopped the truck and got out asked her what was wrong she said " My mommy and daddy are there" pointing to what was once a house but had been reduced to a pile of rubble so I flagged down a police officer and told her what the girl had jus told me she got the girl in the car and took her to a shelter. We were finally able to make it out of Mississippi we come to West Virginia and my parents and brother went to Tennessee and that was last time I seen my parents I have spoke with them on the phone, was told everything we own is gone and everything my parents have worked for in their 43 year marriage was gone as well. But can always replace material things, not family................

  

 

  

 

  

 

When You Lose Hope You Have Lost Everything,  I am a survivor and this is my story

  

 

Richard A. Larntz                                                                                                      9/27/2005

  

 

 
September 30, 2005, 5:38 am CDT

tired of new orleans

I watched as katrina destroyed the building we were in in waveland MS the hardest hit of all the coast but yet medie can only focus on New Orleans im not trying to downplay what happened to that city. But come on waveland is gone but yet no one can focus primarily on that city there is nothing left but rubble everywhere and where was the media when people such as myself were going out and rescuing people and recovering bodies of children they were huddled up in thier plush studios . Saying what hey would do if were them let me say one no one knows but the ones in hancock county mississippi no one knows but the victims i myself for one still having trouble sleeping because i see the images that no one else saw but those who lived in hancock county now i know i will catch alot of guff because of my posting but its time the media truly stepped up and take a good tour of hancock. My parents have been married for 43 years the eye of katrina passed right over there house everything they were able to salvage fit in the back of a 94 blazer and as for my house we had 3 foot of water on the second floor. Yes New Orleans got the flood but they did receive the 35 foot storm surge like we did they did not receive the 200+ mph winds like we did i was brought to my knees by a lil girl whom i stopped to see if she was alright when she said my mommy and daddy are there pointing to what used to be a house but was now a pile of rubble these images are forever burnt into my mind. My brother rescued one of my sons but putting him on his back and waded out into the chest deep water and by then 100+ mph winds to carry him to a boat that was coming across the parking lot.  Watched as my 62 year old mother with a bad heart waded out into the water to get to the boat the whole time stepping on god knows what might of been bodies for all we know, went out after the storm in 60+mph winds and started picking people up who were covered in mud took a couple of guys to get generators so the people at the shelter would have electricty. See these are the stories no one hears of hancock county because the media is obsessed with New Orleans and who is to blame for the lack of an evacuation plan.  Well i will get down off of my soap box now because for the first time in my 31 years of life i have to go apply for food stamps and other things i have never needed before Katrina
 
September 30, 2005, 9:10 am CDT

Burger King

Quote From: rlarntz

No one truly knows what the Katrina victims are living with, the toll it has taken on so many the mental fatigue we feel on a daily basis the images of children who lost both parents.  I am a survivor and this is my story ................

  

 

  

 

Was about 4 am we lost power we were all unaware of the deadly wall of water and 200+ mph winds baring down on us last we heard Katrina was heading more west  , we were all huddled up at restaurant my wife and I worked at we chose that location because the back part was supposed to be hurricane proof. We made the decision to stay open that night to feed police officers and other emergency personnel  was no other business open everyone was closed down due to the curfew imposed  the police officers told us we had made the right decision to stay in that building if we would of evacuated when everyone else we would been among the countless numbers of people were trapped in their cars by the rising water and wind. Around 6 am or so the wind began to pick up, the half inch plate glass windows began to move in and out with every gust of wind around 7 am the windows exploded in a hale of glass, my wife and father were standing near them I heard the explosion and ran up front grabbed my wife and spun her around to prevent her from being cut to death. I went after my father to find him standing beside where the window once was I called his name 3 or 4 times but the look on his face was one of shock and horror was able to get his attention and got him away from the window casing. Once the windows exploded the roof began to be tore off there was insulation falling out of ceiling and rain was coming in through what was left of the roof , pieces of tin were flying all around hitting our vehicles and busting out other windows in the plaza where we were. Then the storm surge came in 35 foot wall of water the water rose 3 foot in less then 10 minutes, so we decided to put our 2 children up on counter of restaurant that gave us time to figure a plan for survival burger king was across the parking lot from us.  So looked at my brother and said "you think we can make it over there "  we went out in 100 mph winds and chest deep water he came back and said get the truck which was 4 wheel drive we loaded everyone up and drove through the water to the other side, my wife went to look for a first aid kit just incase we would need it by this time the water about 2 foot into burger king. We saw a man with a boat I set the panic alarm off on the truck to get their attention he saw us but couldn't get to this right then so a boy waded about 200 yards in the dark murky swirling water and grabbed my youngest son put him on his back and took him to a building that sat even higher then burger king my brother grabbed my oldest and went out to higher ground. My wife and mother went out next by this time the boat was coming our way my wife and mother were stepping on god knows what under the water could of been bodies and signs my wife helped my mom into the boat, took them across what was once hwy 90 but at this point looked more like a river. The boat came back for my father and me and we told them to go help the people trapped in their houses by the water we was alright for time being. This went on for about 5 or 6 hours finally we see sunshine we knew the storm had passed so I decided to venture out in the truck I was unprepared for what was to come I saw infants still in their car seats and parents holding on to them with their last breath, saw a little girl around 5 or 6 years of age standing near what used to be a house I stopped the truck and got out asked her what was wrong she said " My mommy and daddy are there" pointing to what was once a house but had been reduced to a pile of rubble so I flagged down a police officer and told her what the girl had jus told me she got the girl in the car and took her to a shelter. We were finally able to make it out of Mississippi we come to West Virginia and my parents and brother went to Tennessee and that was last time I seen my parents I have spoke with them on the phone, was told everything we own is gone and everything my parents have worked for in their 43 year marriage was gone as well. But can always replace material things, not family................

  

 

  

 

  

 

When You Lose Hope You Have Lost Everything,  I am a survivor and this is my story

  

 

Richard A. Larntz                                                                                                      9/27/2005

  

 

Hi Richard. Even though your family is split apart, the good news is that you all survived. The will to live can be something that is very powerful. I'm sorry that your family lost everything in the storm. That must be truly devastating. I don't know what I'd do if I lost all my possessions. It's great that you had the presence of mind to go to Burger King where you'd create more distance between yourselves and all that dirty water. Just be thankful that you got through it. Thanks for sharing your story and I wish you all the best when it comes to putting your life back together. FTP  

 
September 30, 2005, 11:32 am CDT

shocin

I hope you see this -- I didn't want to re-copy that whole thing. 

  

But thank you so much for posting that! 

  

Americans need to learn to think out of the box a little better.  Yes, this is a tragedy, but the only part of it that was not predictable or preventable was the hurricane itself.   

  

We all need to get past the soundbytes and really understand why this happened to so many people.   If we don't, as you say, it's guaranteed to happen again. 

  

I live in a city that has done more than its share for evacuees.  And, like most, I was happy to see this at first.  Then I heard that some of them were getting up to 18 months free housing!  Many of us are now wondering  -- if this housing was available, why it was never offered to the homeless people we already had in our city?  Does someone automatically become a hero because their tragedy was more "sexy" than someone else's? 

  

I do care, and I've done my part on a personal level.  But I also reserve the right to complain loudly  when my hard earned tax dollars get used to fix a problem largely caused by utterly corrupt and incompetent state and local officials and the people who apparently supported them.   

  

It's never wise to reward complacency. 

  

  

  

  

  

 
October 1, 2005, 12:37 am CDT

Our commitments

I think ALL of us have a commitment to help each other the best way we can weather we send cash, food, bedding or  whatever  we can afford some of us dont have life easy and dont make alot of money and our tax dollars go out to help these people in distress however we also make donations out of our pockets as well and for the state and or government to NOT inform these people of their options of housing and other innuities is not right I feel they owe many of us people money back due to their UNANNOUNCED help they were giving to ONLY those that knew about it  however I know we wont see anything back because this country DONT PLAY FAIR  I feel  for the victims and hope the state and government will get their act together like they should have from the beginning and help these people out I can say  WE CANT DEPEND on help when we are in the need because of the outlook of this situation it makes people look down on them that are responsible for helpping us  with that said I will add one more comment If I was in your shoes I wouldnt move back there , it happens EVERY year mabie not as bad but it does happen every year and you will NEVER get away from it by staying there good luck to you all I hope your all getting the housing and food you all so much deserve take care Lori in Oregon
 
July 24, 2006, 5:33 pm CDT

Bay St Louis Mississippi

Hi, I went to Bay St Louis in May for 7 days with my church (Calvary Chapel) to help out with the distruction that Katrina left behind.  I could not believe  that there is still much to do in the coastal regions where Katrina hit.  I know that cleaning, fixing and rebuilding will take some time but I was so surprised of the areas that have not been touched and are in the same location where Katrina left them.  I am not sure why the government hasn't sent more help to these areas and why there is SO MUCH untouched.  My heart breaks for these people.  Even being there, I still could not comprehend the distruction.  I have heard about the distruction, read about  it, saw pictures of the aftermath and even saw the distruction first hand but still cannot comprehend what these people have been through.  In the seven days we were there, we couldn't begin to make a dent in what needs to be done.  Calvary Chapel Relief now has just acquired permanent home in Bay St Louis and is always excepting volunteers to help with the clean up of Katrina.  Out of all the distruction, I found the people in Bay St Louis to be so upbeat.  I did find it to be somewhat erie because I never heard a dog bark although I did see 2 dogs there. Bay St Louis was just opening some of it's businesses up while I was there but so many businesses will probably never open again.  We are going back to Bay St Louis sometime this year.  I guess I really don't anticipate seeing things much different there.  I haven't heard if the government has sent or even has sent  people there to help.  And with the hurricane season here already, wow, I keep these people in my prayers. 
 
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