An article in the Corsicana (Texas) Daily Sun caught my eye. It seems that Gary Richards, who grew up in Corsicana but has lived in Louisiana for about 10 years, had a sad experience when he had to evacuate his house near Lake Ponchartrain, where the levee system failed during Hurricane Katrina.
Richards borrowed a friend’s car and had to leave his computers and many valuable genealogical items behind, hoping that the house would withstand storms as in the past. He headed to his parents' home in Corsicana and stayed there for some time. When he returned to his house in October, hoping for the best, there had been eight and one-half feet of water on his street and five feet of water in the house itself. Every stick of furniture had been destroyed, along with his 3,000 books.
Richards' computers were ruined although some of his genealogy records on paper were salvageable.