For several days now I have been very worried. Today with the help of some really good folks and KVOI radio, I was able to get some information. This whole thing has made me realise where my home is. I am fearcely protective of it, and I am over 1300 miles away. I know I will be returning. The thing is this. I have never, and I mean never, felt so trapped or useless in my life. I haven't even been able to get a fire fighter on the phone until now. I never want to feel this way again. I know mother nature will do what she is going to do, but people in positions of authority are actually making it a bit worse. People need information to ease their minds and make being separated easier on them. When you won't answer a phone or dissiminate information via media etc., people start to think the worst. It happens and it is quite natural. I hope that people in authority learn from this and try better to open lines of communication. You must send out surveys into the neighborhoods, not only for security, but to give people peace of mind and allow them to start the healing process. You can't even start an insurance claim if you don't have access to your home or the information. I hope things will be better if this sort of terrible circumstance happens again. For now, Beaumont is in my heart and prayers, and I know that the communities will rebound with Texas Pride.