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From: USC PROVINCIAL
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 9:06 PM
Subject: Memo from the Provincial - Katrina Update - 8/31/05
e have had sporadic contact with confreres from the Bay. Jim Pawlicki
was able to drive a vehicle with Frank Theriault Joe & Ray Guidry out to
Vicksburg yesterday. George Artis was airlifted to Mobile Alabama for
dialysis. They are still trying to evacuate other residents of the Bay at
this point. The rest of the community, along with some other refugees of
the storm, are getting by with no power, a leaking roof, dwindling
supplies, and cooking with charcoal outside.
The province headquarters is basically destroyed. The retreat center is
in shambles. There is damage to all the other buildings, including the
main chapel. All their vehicles were underwater and not usable now.
Provincial Joe Simon spent several hours standing on a chair with water up
to his chest. Bob Fisher swam from the retreat center to the residence, to
Communication lines are still down. They have been able to call out
when they are away from the residence far enough to pick up a cell signal.
The Mission Center and Chicago Province is relaying messages for them,
contacting relatives, and trying to help in whatever way is possible. We
are trying to organize a convoy of vehicles and supplies to bring to the
Bay; if any able-bodied confreres can help out with the evacuation and
immediate salvage efforts for a week, please call the province office here
We keep our confreres, and all those suffering the aftermath of
Katrina, in our thoughts and prayers.