In May of 2006 I went to Terry Town, Louisiana with my best friend and some of her family. When we got down there it was still destroyed from Hurricane Katrina. Almost everywhere you went there was FEMA trailers and peoples’ belongings all over the place.
It was very sad. I looked back on all I have and I seen that they have very little now compared to me. When I was there I learned to appreciate what I had and not whine about what I didn’t have.
This trip meant so much to me because I got to experience what it was like to live in a town that had really no existence anymore. When I look back on this trip I wished I could have stayed longer just to help the people in need. When we were at my best friend’s aunt’s house we fixed a couple of windows and some shingles.
Now I see what it is like to have a natural disaster come through and pretty much take all your meaningful belongings. Also, we went to the swamps. We had been there before Katrina hit but it was so different in 2006.
The Cypress trees were almost completely down; there were some dead alligators. There were tons of really old cemeteries that were gone and never to be found again. In downtown New Orleans it was still flooded, the Super Dome was damaged, the French Quarter was verily still standing and there were still people lying on the ground covered up.
I will never forget what I saw. When my best friend’s relative took us to her house there was nothing left but a big pile of her house and her other belongings. All that we found was some old pictures and a few toys.
That’s pretty much all I can say about my life changing trip to a ghost town.
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