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"Mike Scaefer powerfully captures the experiences of those who by sheer will survived the worst storm in America's history. Lost in Katrina is about real people facing death. It is about unbelievable courage. And it is about the amazing heart of the people of St. Bernard."
--Angela Hill, WWL-TV anchor, New Orleans

"Mike Schaefer listens. And because he listens so well, we get to hear the real stories of Katrina and St. Bernard Parish. I've seen the aftermath there with my own eyes and thought what must it have ...

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"Mike Scaefer powerfully captures the experiences of those who by sheer will survived the worst storm in America's history. Lost in Katrina is about real people facing death. It is about unbelievable courage. And it is about the amazing heart of the people of St. Bernard."
--Angela Hill, WWL-TV anchor, New Orleans

"Mike Schaefer listens. And because he listens so well, we get to hear the real stories of Katrina and St. Bernard Parish. I've seen the aftermath there with my own eyes and thought what must it have been like when the storm hit, when the floods came? Now we know. And what a story."
--Harry Smith, CBS News

"Lost in Katrina tells the untold stories of what was lost and what was learned during Katrina, and it puts a face and a heart to many of the heroes. To all who wish to remember Katrina, Lost in Katrina is a must-read."
--Byron Pitts, CBS News correspondent

Catastrophic. Devastating. Deadly. These words describe Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst storms in recorded history to strike the United States. Situated southeast of New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish received the full force of the hurricane. Tidal surges destroyed the levees and unleashed devastating amounts of water into the parish. Here, firsthand accounts of survival narrate the darkest days of Katrina.

With the house breaking apart around him, the man known as "Charlo" feverishly duct-taped his driver's license to one leg and his Sam's Club membership card to another so that his wife would be able to identify his body.

Gene Alonzo tells the story of a familial love that carried him and his brother, Carlos, who suffered a debilitating brain injury sixteen years prior, through the worst of the storm.

St. Bernard fire captain Steve Gallodoro, one of the first people to reach St. Rita's Nursing Home where thirty-five residents drowned, details the horrid scene he came upon and describes the moment he learned that his father was among those who did not survive. Still, he heroically found the strength to carry on with his duties and serve the residents who so desperately needed his help.

Stranded by nature's fury, this little-known community banded together to survive unimaginable conditions. While the storm swept away precious memories and structures generations old, pride and perseverance emerged. This is the story of St. Bernard Parish, affectionately known to its residents as "da Parish."

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In this powerful work, Schaefer talks with residents of the New Orleans parish he was raised in, St. Bernard, which was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, suffering a 25-foot storm surge that wiped out schools, businesses and thousands of homes. An executive producer at New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL-TV, Schaefer uses the residents' own words to tell harrowing, moving stories from the first seven days of the disaster. He includes personal stories from unsung heroes and average victims, as well as accounts of more well-known scenes of tragedy like St. Rita's Nursing Home, where 34 bodies were found. Alongside dozens of stories from the ground, Schaefer's day-by-day account also relates his own impressions as an eyewitness; for the better, he leaves criticism of the government's rescue effort between the lines, letting the deteriorating situation speak for itself. Among struggling rescue crews and government administrators, residents clinging to rooftops, undersupplied evacuees and ferocious weather (one evacuation center volunteer "kept waiting for the roof to get blown off"), Schaefer focuses on neighbors helping neighbors, ordinary folks doing the extraordinary and, of course, what the residents lost. Infuriating and inspiring, Schaefer's chronicle is a beautifully wrought up-close-and-personal examination of the worst natural disaster in recent American memory. With 7 maps and 20 photos. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589805118
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Hurricane Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     9
The Call     13
Blood Is Thicker than Seawater     29
Here Comes the Night     37
Charlo Does the Wave     51
Dodged a Bullet?     57
Arabi Falls     77
Water Flows into Chalmette     89
Chalmette above Paris Road     109
Meraux, Violet, & Poydras     125
The Horror in St. Bernard & the Hope in Hopedale     141
Rescues Begin     151
Saving One Another     189
A Day to Forget, a Night to Remember     201
Second Verse, Same as the First     213
I've Got to Get Out of This Place     227
Hanging On     255
48 Hours, Is Help Coming?     271
Reel 'Em In and Get 'Em Out     289
My Brother's Keeper     305
Divine Intervention     311
The Long Way Out     331
All Over but the Crying     351
Afterword     361
Index     366
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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Mother, Brother and A Neighbor!

    My mother, brother and Don C. a good neigbor(I'm Not). They in the Book, brother and Don put my mother in boat, thats where she lay to rest(died). Ms. Joyce F. Pitre McGuire. Thank you, for letting people know how it was in St. Bernard Parish.

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