I just got off the phone with Marie O'Connell and she and her dog
have just arrived in Jackson and they are now resting.
She said she had never been through anything like this in her life.
All her neighbours were elderly so she was trying to take care of
them as well as her self. They were evacuated today and her
colleagues from USM drove her up to Jackson. Her family in NZ knows
that she is safe as well.
Three trees fell on her house and many of the streets in Hattiesburg
are blocked by fallen trees. There is no electricity in the city. The
basement archive studio where she works has some water on the floor,
but she had prepared it as well as she could, with the computer in an
aquarium (oddly being used in the opposite mode) and plastic sheeting
over the rest of the equipment.
She couldn't really assess the state of the sound archives as it was
pitch black and all she had was a small "torch." I guess she's not a
flashaholic like me <smile>. ( see
http://www.richardhess.com/be/flashlights.htm for my addiction.)
She sounded very tired and was suffering from some stress and is
seeing a doctor tomorrow to make sure everything is OK, but she
sounded like herself otherwise. She was very pleased to hear that
people were worrying about her and was glad I called and wanted to
make sure that I let you all know that she was OK.
She was also worried about Parker and I was able to tell her that he
was safe in Austin.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Media web: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm