Evacuating Like a Band on the Run with 3 Pomeranians and a Golden Retriever

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Read the Intro Post 5 Years Later Rembering Rita


As the Storm Approached September 23, 2005

    Everywhere you go people are talking about Hurricane Rita.  Lake Charles city officials, law enforcement and Calcasieu Parish Emergency staff are all keeping a close eye on the storm and as it draws closer taking a lesson from Katrina, the news begins to encourage residents to leave.   The forecast is not looking good, hurricane trackers predict Lake Charles, LA  could be in for a direct hit.


Reaction to the news is mixed, not many residents have been through a Category 5 storm and it has been years since Hurricane Audrey hit Cameron Louisiana in 1957 but the older folks remember the devastation.  It doesn't take long before a noticeable increase in traffic at the hardware stores picks up as homeowners purchase materials to board up their homes. 

The water cooler talk at work is all about where are you going  and when are you leaving??? The local news station, radio stations and newspapers are staying on top of it and pretty soon its not a choice anymore, officials issue a "mandatory evacuation".


Restaurants are closed, signs in the windows of business "left town for Rita"  traffic is increasing with lots of movement within Lake Charles.   Many people are dismissed from their jobs, sent home by their employers to evacuate with their family.  Lake Charles becomes an uninhabited ghost town.  All of a sudden I feel like I am in a scene from The Ten Commandments where the Israelites leave Egypt in a hurry before they are swallowed up by the Red Sea!  We are like Paul McCartney's Band on the Run and as the song says "we may never get outta here"



That raises the next question......where do you run to????

Because the Gulf Coast is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, destinations in Mississippi and Alabama are not exactly an option. As I watch my co-workers and neighbors discuss their evacuations to Shreveport, Dallas, Austin and Little Rock, AR I begin to think where in the world am I going to go?  Not to mention that  I have 3 Pomeranians and a Golden Retriever! You can't exactly share a trailer with your friends or a hotel room with 4 dogs, this was a dilemma!

  • Gas is another problem, as the exodus of Calcasieu Parish is in full swing, gas stations begin to run out of gas! 
  • Oh and did I mention my husband is on a new job in Florida so I am ALONE with 4 dogs !!

What do you take with you ?

How Long Will You Be Gone?

No one can answer how long this trip is going to be! I have not been through Hurricane Preparedness 101 Class!  I quickly came up with  the  4 P's in a short amount of time.

  •  Protection = GUN

There you have it, YES I am a gun packing Momma (I grew up in Oklahoma and Arkansas)! Don't mess with me I know how to use a fire arm!!

  • Pets
  • Provision

Dogfood, Water, pillows, blankets

  • Plastic tubs

I unload the file cabinet and begin to fill plastic totes with important documents and precious family heirlooms.

Time is of the essence you don't want to pack. Do you grab the family silver, your mink coat, pack up your crystal wine glasses? I do the best I can and lock up and leave our home!

Riding in the car along I-10 was an interesting experience.  Did I mention it was HOT in September??  I passed cars out of gas, cars that had overheated, and crawled at a very S-L-O-W pace on I-10 exiting Lake Charles.  What is usually a 45 minute trip to Lafayette, LA where I am headed, took 3 1/2 hours it was bumper to bumper traffic.  Traveling with 3 pomeranians and a 85 lb golden retriever in a 2 door Honda Coupe is cramped!


Stay tuned  and follow my adventure remembered as I continue my blog Five Years Later Remembering Rita. 

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Jeff Belonger
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Marilyn... well, be careful down there... do you need me to come down there to help ya?  lol  Just be safe.. I didn't know a bog storm was brewing... and funny video.

jeff belonger

Sep 20, 2010 05:23 PM #1
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Marilyn ~ my thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.  Hopefully it will change it's course or taper down.

Sep 20, 2010 05:32 PM #2
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Well Jeff where were you when I needed you 5 years ago?? LOL 

Dont be alarmed!  This post is part of my series of Remembering Rita 5 Years Later...no storm is headed this way at least for now!

Sep 20, 2010 05:37 PM #3
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


I knew I liked you....you are a dog person... :)


Sep 20, 2010 05:40 PM #4
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Dawn  thanks I will take your prayers :)  However there is no storm, this is a 5 year anniversary post, I just added a Note to my original blog so I would not alarm anyone! 

Sep 20, 2010 05:41 PM #5
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
I must've read it after your insert. Can't wait to hear more and that all are well.
Sep 20, 2010 06:19 PM #6
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Lori my children are all grown up, our dogs are our babies now.  However the count has dwindled now to 1 pomeranian and our golden retriever who is 14 yrs old!

Sep 20, 2010 07:35 PM #7
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
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Marilyn great post, after reading it I thought you know there should be a Hurricane Preparedness Class. Think how much better things could have gone had many people had taken such a class....

Sep 21, 2010 01:28 AM #8
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

This brings back memories too.  I love the part about packing heat.  Us southern women do what we have to do right?

Sep 21, 2010 02:03 AM #9
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Marilyn, if you get a chance see VB Vegas Bobs new photo. I just commented about it saying it looked like the parting sea in the Bible.

Sep 21, 2010 04:28 AM #10
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I think this IS our Hurricane Preparedness Class! We must wait for the next class... coming soon! I hope!

Sep 22, 2010 07:53 AM #11
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Joni, trust me alot of lessons learned, this is why I am looking back, and appreciating the blessing that evolved from such devastation.  hope I am not boring everyone but the is a story in the Blog and its leading up to something I promise--a surprise ending :)

next chapter will be the Road Home

Sep 22, 2010 08:10 AM #12
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