September 17th, 2008
08:35 AM ET

Mr. Gettridge says hello

Kay Jones
AC360° Editorial Producer

A few weeks ago, I blogged about stopping by Mr. Herbert Gettridge’s house to check on him after Hurricane Gustav passed through New Orleans. Well, I finally got through to him today, and he said he made it through with little to no damage. He had evacuated to Baton Rouge and said he should’ve stayed home since it was worse up there.

In the years since Katrina, he’s been able to have his wife move home, as well as having children and grandchildren come and stay in their home. He told me that he’s finally getting neighbors again and he looks forward to having more.

He also wanted to let you all know that he appreciates your prayers and thoughts of concern. He is New Orleans, and plans to be there for a long time to come.

Back in January, we talked to New Orleans resident Herbert Gettridge about the struggle to rebuild a city.

Filed under: Hurricane Ike • Kay Jones
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Christina, Windber, PA

    Thanks Anderson for not forgetting about Mr Gettridge and checking up on him. It's so nice to hear he has his "old lady" back with him. Their relationship is what we all spend our lives looking for. I hope they have many more years together and I hope God spares them future storms. They deserve to spend their remaining years in peace and joy.

    Thanks again for the update.

    September 17, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  2. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Glad to see he's doing well, his family is back, and his neighborhood is returning. It's nice to see positives come out of a city many of us will always love and never give up on.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  3. Stacy

    Thanks for the update. It's great to know he's doing well.

    September 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  4. Renee

    Kaye: Thanks for a bright spot in the day! You seem like a very caring person and that is a wonderful attitribute. Good luck to Mr. and Mrs. Gettridge and family!

    September 17, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  5. Ashley

    I remember him! I'm so glad he's with his family and safe. Hello back, Mr. Gettridge!

    September 17, 2008 at 11:27 am |
  6. Carol

    Anderson I just wanted to let you know how much I love watching your show. I like that you don't get bogged down in the office and you really go out and get involved in the story. Keep up the good work and keep on keepin em honest. Carol from Chattanooga, Tn

    September 17, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  7. Betty Ann, Nacgdoches,Tx

    Well Hello Mr. Gettridge!
    So good to see you doing so well! You keep keepin' on, ya hear?
    You are an inspiration my friend!
    Love, ((((hugs)))), and the best in life to you!
    Betty Ann Taylor

    September 17, 2008 at 11:07 am |
  8. Maureen from apple valley, california

    Thank you for letting us know how Mr. Gettridge is. I am glad he is doing well.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  9. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Great news. Mr Gettridge is an example for all of us. He never gave up and showed just what can be done when life hits you hard. Thanks Mr Gettridge.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:45 am |
  10. Vicky, Ontario, Canada

    Kay, Thanks so much for the update about Mr. Gettridge and his family. He's a real inspiration, especially in never giving up. Glad to hear that things are improving for him in his neighbourhood. He's a modern day pioneer and I wish he and his wife many years of happiness in their restored home in the lower ninth, and safety in upcoming storms.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  11. Marcy

    THAT'S WONDERFUL!!!! Thank you so much for the update! he's right Baton Rouge got it a lot worse this time around. People don't expect it to be so bad that way because it's so far inland but guess that isn't an expectation anymore.

    thanks again!
    Mobile, AL

    September 17, 2008 at 9:59 am |
  12. Cindy

    I am SO glad that you all kept up with your promise and found Mr. Gettridge!! I wondered about him and hoped that he was alright during Gustav.

    I am so glad that things are getting better for him and his family and that his life is getting back to normal again. Hopefully no other hurricanes will come his way and he can live in peace with his family in NOLA.


    September 17, 2008 at 9:42 am |
  13. Annie Kate

    I am so glad Mr. Gettridge is doing so well and has his family with him and that he's getting neighbors. Hopefully for him life is almost normal again. I admire Mr. Gettridge for what he has done – not many people I know these days would go back by themselves and rebuild their house piece by piece. With citizens like the Gettridges New Orleans will endure.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 17, 2008 at 8:52 am |