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Gustav update: The clean-up begins

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 2, 2008 09:20 AM

Our michellemalkin.com commenter CantCureStupid, who is a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard, wrote me last night with a Hurricane Gustav update:

I just wanted to give you a quick update (from my cell phone, in fact) before I catch a couple of winks.

We lost power in my area at about noon, and we’ll be lucky to get it back in the next 24 to 48 hours. Winds were strong enough to uproot a massive oak tree behind our armory (which is about 60 miles NW of New Orleans… not exactly a coastal parish). Soldiers and families are safe, but at least two of my troops suffered catastrophic tree damage to their homes while they were on duty. My house got a little banged up as well, but my husband assures me that it can be easily repaired, thank God.

There are National Guard soldiers and airmen all over the state helping to get things ready so that people can get back home and assess any damages, which we all hope are minimal. We are also beyond grateful that New Orleans seems to have come out of this in much better shape than anticipated.

Thanks to you and all of your wonderful commenters for the prayers and well wishes. I would only ask that you not forget us just yet, as the clean-up is just beginning.

With deepest respect and warmest regards,

P.S. Michael Moore and Don Fowler can truly kiss my a$$.

Har. Gov. Bobby Jindal has posted the following message on his site:

Message from the Governor Today, we stand together as the impact of Hurricane Gustav continues to be felt throughout our state. We are thankful that most residents heeded the warning to evacuate before the storm. Local, state, and federal officials are working closely together and are fully prepared to deal with the critical issues that face our state in the coming days and weeks.

We have been through trying times before, and now we will endure them once again. We are a resilient state, and always have been. My prayers go out to the families of those affected by Gustav. We will work together to recover from this latest storm, and show the world once again what makes Louisiana great. Thank you for all the support that has already been shown by the rest of the nation and the world, and ask for your continued support as we work to recover from Hurricane Gustav. Louisiana is home to some of the most unique places and people in the world, and there is nothing that a storm can do to take that away.

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