Monday, September 12, 2005

Sun Will Shine Again

Friday, September 09, 2005 — SUN, La. – Despite the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Barbara Gibson, the Mayor of Sun, La., is unwavering about the recovery of her town.
“We’ll be back, and we’ll be better than we were before all of this,” she said. At her side was the Sun marshal, who hasn’t had more than an hour’s rest for several days.
This tiny town of only 500 people, located about 50 miles north of New Orleans, pulled together within the first days following the storm to set up their own supply distribution center. Soon, an American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle arrived.
“When we saw you, we loved it,” said Gibson of the Red Cross arrival, “If somebody yells at you, you just smile because the rest of us love you.”
While there were no fatalities in Sun, many like Richard lost everything. Richard’s small trailer was lost when a large oak tree fell across it, literally crushing his entire home within moments. However, as he sat eating his Red Cross meal of jambalaya, he indicated that he had it better than many others right now.
“I’m a single man – I don’t have a family to support. I’ll be okay,” he said wearily. With that, he walked towards the FEMA truck to help transfer bags of ice to a refrigerated distribution truck.

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