Many Waters

Sunday, August 23, 2015: Many Waters

Rev. Julia Hamilton

“Mary Gehman is a professor and an author, with a particular interest in the history of Louisiana. I knew her while I was growing up as a fellow member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans. She could be any one of us here in this room today. In the early morning hours of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept across the city of New Orleans. Mary was caught in the storm. On Tuesday, August 30th she was rescued by boat from the balcony of her flooded house and dropped off on an overpass, with hundreds of other people. She waited on that overpass for three days and nights, with minimal food and water, in the blazing August heat, until finally being transported, again by boat, to the Superdome, with thousands of others who were waiting for evacuation. Eight hours after that, she was on a bus for Dallas and eventual reunification with her family. Several months later, she wrote a full account of what she experienced, and these are excerpts, in her own words.”

Click here to read Mary’s account

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