As Hurricane Gustav thunders into the Gulf, the people of Pearlington brace themselves for the unthinkable.
National Guard soldiers will enter Pearlington this morning, as Hancock County - as well as much of the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast - is under a mandatory evacuation order. Last night, as many packed up the very valuable things they lost once before in Katrina, traffic was extremely heavy on Hwy. 90, I-10, I-59 and Hwy. 603. National Guard soldiers on Mississippi's coast were going door to door to alert thousands of families in FEMA trailers and cottages that they should be prepared to evacuate today. In Alabama 3,000 National Guard personnel assembled to help evacuees from Mississippi and Louisiana.
I am also preparing to return to Pearlington should Gustav wreak the kind of havoc on Pearlington that would be reminiscent of Katrina.
I am asking all C.O.D.R.A. members and others reading this posting to contact me, if you or your group are able to respond immediately should it become necessary. I am in cell phone contact with several residents who have promised to keep me updated as the storm moves closer and then makes landfall.
The good people of Pearlington may be facing what they themselves are calling "another disaster."
But they will not be facing it alone.
"Canada" Jon White