The night the storm hit, before the water poured in and left her home destroyed and her two cats missing, Vicki Ferstel emailed a friend who lived close to the Mississippi River. If you need shelter, she said, come on over.
“That’s how unprepared we all were for it,” said Ferstel, night metro editor at The Advocate in Baton Rouge.
In the dark the next morning, Aug. 13, Glenn Bordelon left his home an hour and a half from Baton Rouge and headed for the newspaper. Bordelon, an electronic technician at The Advocate, got on the highway at about 4:30 a.m. In the distance, he could see an 18-wheeler pulled over, but he didn’t think much of it.