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amodford30
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I am thankful it is not like stateside here. Stateside, after storms with winds in the 50 mph range with gusts to 75-80 and snow, ice, rain, etc. Power, cable, phone could be out for a week or more and roads closed for two or three days in an average storm,weeks in a big one. Good job WAPA crews, Public Works crews, and all the others who did a great job. main roads opened in hours, the majority of power back on in a day or two. Although there are some pockets of trouble, we are blessed with great local emergency service after Hurricanes and tropical storms.

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Topic starter Posted : September 4, 2010 11:23 am
East Ender
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I agree. While we do have a smattering of Katrina people-"Help! Come cut my grass!"- I believe that Caribbean people are made of sterner stuff. It is amazing to watch folks with their chain saws and machetes, rakes and brooms just get after it. (tu)

Hurricane does blow all skin one color.

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Posted : September 4, 2010 1:17 pm
stjohnjulie
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The pulling together of the local people always chokes me up a bit. My husband is West Indian, I'm a statesider, and the mentality is just different. As soon as the storm clears, and at first day break, he goes out and clears the main road, then he clears the secondary road, then he takes a drive to assess damage and check on everybody. He asks family first (which is just about everyone :D) and helps them with any major damage, then he asks everyone, and helps them with major damage. Then he comes home and takes care of anything we need done. In the days that follow, everyone just pulls together and exchanges time and tools to get everyone back on track. It makes me so emotional to think of the whole process. In the past several days we have had people over to our house with their machetes and their muscles chopping up downed tress and chopping down trees that might cause us a problem when the next storm blows through. It's just a beautiful thing that happens here when Mother Nature shows us her strength.

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Posted : September 5, 2010 7:58 am
cayennita
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I think that the only sign left on St. Croix that a hurricane came by is the number of boats hauled out and the empty docks. Otherwiswe all is nice. You better say good morning or good day or good night here in STX. Look at people in the eye when you cross each other. Thankfully not like in the states.

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Posted : September 5, 2010 10:39 am
SkysTheLimit
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Quote " Katrina people-"Help! Come cut my grass!""

What's that supposed to mean? Those people were totally flooded out and displaced. No comparison!!

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Posted : September 5, 2010 12:44 pm
aussie
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Wow. I'm not sure where in the states you folks came from.

In rural communities all over the mainland, friends help friends, neighbors help neighbors, and communities work together to clean up after storms. That's the norm. It's not unique to the VI. It's great the way people pull together here and it was great the way people pulled together in the communities I've lived in stateside.

The WAPA line crews did a great job of putting back together a rather cra@ppy system. We had a mild tropical storm here on St Croix. It should never have taken out as much power as it did.

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Posted : September 5, 2010 12:51 pm
East Ender
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Skys: Before my cable went out, I was watching one of the 5 year anniversary shows about Katrina. They interviewed a city councilman who said that they were still needing federal money (5 years later, mind you.) When the reporter asked about their needs, he said, "We have grass that needs to be cut."

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Posted : September 5, 2010 2:18 pm
roadrunner
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Another quotable comment from Katrina:

Reporter: "How do you feel about all the churches that have been destroyed?"
New Orleanian: "Oh, it's okay. I get my chicken from Popeye's."

I lived there for 4 years (before, during, and after Katrina), and I was happy to leave.

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Posted : September 5, 2010 2:26 pm
East Ender
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Another quotable comment from Katrina:

Reporter: "How do you feel about all the churches that have been destroyed?"
New Orleanian: "Oh, it's okay. I get my chicken from Popeye's."

I lived there for 4 years (before, during, and after Katrina), and I was happy to leave.

LOL!!

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Posted : September 5, 2010 2:30 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Now That's Funny!

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Posted : September 5, 2010 2:55 pm
Suzette
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Roadrunner:

That was H I L A R I O U S !!!! Thanks for the LOL !!!!

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Posted : September 5, 2010 6:11 pm
roadrunner
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Well, at the risk of diminishing the humor, but in the interest of full disclosure, I have to add that I just looked up that quotation (after posting it) to remind mysel of the source, and wouldn't you know, I found it on Snopes... and it's false. But it would have been funny. 🙂

Edited to add that although Snopes goes into great detail about racial stereotyping, I meant nothing of the sort. My intention was to poke fun at the city in general, not any particular group of its residents.

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Posted : September 5, 2010 6:34 pm
outtanola
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Good afternoon everyone. Liked the Popeye's joke, cute (always preferred Church's, myself though, lol). Am from N.O. and know the bad (thus the reason I lurk on boards like this!!) Anyway, not to be too serious or anything, but here is a link to see what the city looked like after Katrina . . .. no more grass to cut- - it was all dead. And these pics are not from an isolated area. Whole city looked like this except for the major tourist areas. Click on each folder for more pics from specific months.
Cheers.

http://www.pbase.com/deltoroc/new_orleans_after_katrina_monthly_galleries

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Posted : September 5, 2010 6:58 pm
Sauceress
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I can tel that none of you were on island for Hugo. That was a totally different story. Of course it was a cat 5 and the government response was more Katrina like.

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Posted : September 6, 2010 11:24 am
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