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Bloggers Provide Storm Evacuees With Local Information About Their Homes

According to a story in the Washington Post, “Blogs Provide Storm Evacuees With Neighborhood-Specific News” to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita see and read about what is going on with their homes, businesses and properties.

As the world’s news media show the big picture of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, some Web sites are finding ways to provide specific information to those hungry for details about their homes and local landmarks.

Brian Oberkirch’s Weblog has become such an outlet, filled with dispatches and photos from people who ventured back into Slidell, a community four miles from the Louisiana coast he and thousands of others evacuated before Katrina blew through.

“I was able to get to my apt at the Anchorage Sat 09/03/05,” said one message posted yesterday. “Came in thru Eden Isles off Hwy 11 — the beautiful white anchor at entrance is covered in about 7 ft of debris and there is only a one-lane path to enter/exit until over the little bridge.”

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  1. [...] Blogs were invaluable to many during Hurricane Katrina. They not only helped report what was happening on the ground, but also provided helpful ways for people to find their missing family members scattered by the storm. Many blogs provided information to help Hurricane Katrina survivors, and I even put together a list of IRS Tax Relief and Help for Victims of Hurricane Katrina informational packet, since it was information that I had to research for myself, too. [...]

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