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Mayers weather the storm

Harold Mayer of Brandon MS, sent an e-mail to the Checkerboard, letting everyone know he is back "online" after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

He said, "Katrina barely missed Jackson MS, but had enough force to do lots of roof and tree damage.

"We have received lots of folks from the ravaged areas and now are receiving more of those who chose to ride out the storm.

"Starting Monday (Aug. 29) we had no electricity but had water and phone service. On Tuesday I called son Mike in Midland TX, and asked him to locate a generator and ship it to me. He called back and said he and a friend would deliver it.

"They arrived Wednesday morning, assembled the generator, and hooked it up. They rested awhile, had dinner, and headed for home that same day.

"Because of the generator, we had ample power to run the freezer, two refrigerators, several lights, a small TV, and three fans. We cooked on our propane grill.

"Because of the gasoline "shortage," getting gas to run the generator was a problem. I took a pillow and book and started looking for gas at 6 p.m. Wednesday and finally got my car and two five-gallon tanks filled at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

"The electricity came on at 6 p.m. Thursday. I have my yard cleaned up and thank God it wasn't worse. We are among the more fortunate ones in the Jackson area."

Harold concludes, "Please pray for those who live in the coastal areas. They are hurting bad. Most everything down there is gone, not only in the New Orleans area but all along the Mississippi coast."

Harold Mayer C/371

Brandon MS

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