I haven't spoken with them directly, just getting information from my parents but it looks as if they're gonna call it a day and not return to the area to live anymore. They have, or quite possibly had, a beautiful 2 story house in the Garden District although no one will find out the extent of damage for a few days, if not longer. Aunt, Uncle, cousin and the 2 cats made their way to Shreveport for safe refuge during the storm and now are considering going to Florida, where my parents live, for a bit.
I've been keeping tabs on the situation down there from fellow bloggers, Metroblogging New Orleans.
I can't even imagine the destruction that has happened along the Gulf Coast...it's incomprehensible....