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From Provincial USC
Date Aug 31 @08:32

Hurricane Issac Update From Provincial USC

Friday, August 31, 2012

Dear Chicago Province Confreres,

As Labor Day weekend begins, we want to share this good news from the Southern Province. By the grace of God, it appears that they have weathered the heavy rain and winds of Hurricane Isaac. Here is the report from USS Provincial Jim Pawlicki:


Friday morning and all is well here at the Bay.

Lots of debris to clean up but no major destruction that would warrant a CNN crew. :)

Flooding in various places around town and down the coast. Roads like highway 90 in Harrison County still closed along with highway 603 to I-10. I believe most should reopen later this afternoon. New Orleans is still a mess with I-10 flooded around LaPlace and airline highway from Baton Rouge to New Orleans down to one lane. Many still without power in New Orleans and west bank. Braithwaite was hit hard. Slidell had a lot flooding as well.

Here at the Bay we were fortunate to have power during the storm. How this happened is a puzzle considering we lose power so quickly during a thunderstorm! We did lose power yesterday for a few hours but for the most part the city of Bay Saint Louis has done a good job.

Cable came back on last night so we could watch the Saints game!

St. Rose [SVD parish in Bay St. Louis] seems to be okay. Didn't get to see inside the church but no reports have come in to us that there was any damage. Don Murrin returns today and we will see what he has to report.

Our elders have decided to come back tomorrow. [Some of the confreres stationed at the Bay had gone a distance north to escape the storm.] A wise move considering the road problems. It will be nice to have them back.

Concerning Tom Potts he wrote the following....

Dear Jim,

My house has been without electricity all day so I am sending this from the convent. The Tangipahoa River has burst a dam in Percy Quinn State Park and the people living along it have been evacuated. So if you hear that Chatawa has been evacuated it is only those living along the river. The river passes near the post office and the state of the bridge there is the reason we have to take the back roads to get to I-55. Kentwood, La., where you get your bottled water has also been evacuated. We can't go through Osyka anymore because the bridge there has also been closed.

I appreciate all the concern shown by confreres not only in our province but other provinces as well.

Please do keep in your prayers the many people still without power and unable to get back home.

Rev. James A. Pawlicki, SVD