The past few weeks have been a whirlwind since Hurricane Gustav paid a visit to Louisiana, where I work and practice. Gustav turned out to be the worst storm in Baton Rouge’s long history with winds gusting up to 91 m.p.h. Oak trees which had been standing for hundreds of years decided to lay down, roots and all. The power went out on the day of the storm (Monday, September 1) around mid afternoon and remained out until the following Saturday, September 6. Many are still without power in the area. Area banks didn’t begin to come back online until Thursday and then only a few branches were open. Many employees couldn’t get to work because of fallen trees and other personal struggles such as cleaning up from the storm and waiting in long lines to get gas to run their generators. All in all, commerce came to a screeching halt. In short, it looked like a war zone.
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