Saturday, September 03, 2005
Wikipedia for Uptown New Orleans reports
I'm not the only one thinking that New Orleans could be bigger and better...
"Out of nostalgia, do you want to put a shotgun shack back there where it floods all the time or say, 'Is there a better way?'" said David Schulz, director of the Infrastructure Technology Institute at Northwestern University. "In a very perverse way, this represents a significant opportunity for New Orleans."Schulz sees wide-scale redevelopment as a chance to raise New Orleans out of poverty and attract new business to the region. He suggested a new local communications system based on broadband wireless, rather than traditional phone and cable lines. He envisions running fiber-optic cables to support new "knowledge-based" businesses as an alternative to the tourism, port and petrochemical industries that have long sustained the local economy."Imagine a city 287 years old transformed using 21st century technology," he said.
Some more uptown pics
They're not fantastic, but another set to browse.
WaPost article re New Orleans & Movies
Down there at the edge of the continent, lodged on melty, unsubstantial land, lush and Frenchy, all undulacious with the cascades of flesh and the jewellike glisten of a sweat track down a dancing gal's downy back, tropical, fragrant, voodoo-y New Orleans, at least in certain imaginations, isn't a city but a joint, a joint where anything is possible.
That's why most folks went, and that's why the moviemakers went.
Louisiana Relief Foundation Formed
17th St. Canal & West End - wwltv.com
4:18 P.M. - Hoss: Several West End restaurants have been reduced to rubble.
Red Cross Shelter Stats
American Red Cross shelters:
-- Louisiana: 127 shelters; 51,480 people
-- Mississippi: 102 shelters; 13,510 people
-- Texas: 49 shelters; 23,850 people
-- Alabama: 47 shelters; 3,760 people
-- Georgia: 17 shelters; 880 occupants
-- Tennessee: 9 shelters; 70 occupants
-- Florida: 8 shelters; 1,380 occupants
-- Arkansas: 1 shelter; 1,250 occupants
-- Missouri: 1 shelter; 0 occupants
Saints news and thoughts.
Financial support for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast is building. No doubt, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson will provide a donation, in addition to the $1 million the NFL is contributing through the American Red Cross.
Benson is known for his charitable deeds in New Orleans, and now, more than ever, Benson needs to make the most sweeping gesture he ever has made as a benefactor and businessman.
He needs to write a check to the state of Louisiana for $12,415,267.53. That is the amount the state gave Benson and the Saints on July 6. It was the state's annual payment on the 10-year, $186 million deal the state made with Benson in 2002 in order to keep the Saints from leaving Louisiana.
--A different post, and this is mostly rumor, but still troubling....
from nola.comSaints to move? By Robert Travis Scott Capital bureau New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is leaning strongly toward moving the Saints permanently to San Antonio following the devastation to the city and the Superdome by Hurricane Katrina, a state senator who has spoken with a top team official said Saturday. Sen. Mike Michot, R-Lafayette, said he spoke with Saints’ chief of administration Arnold Fielkow by phone Friday morning about Benson’s potential plans.
Yet another reason to hate Baton Rouge via nola.com
Several dozen New Orleans residents seeking transportation out of Baton Rouge Saturday were denied entrance to the Greyhound bus station on Florida Street. Instead, the would-be travelers say they were forced to wait outside on the sidewalk for hours.The travelers, many of them recent evacuees from New Orleans, waited for the chance to buy tickets to Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and northern Louisiana. Several of them said they had been waiting at the station since the early afternoon and by 7 p.m. hadn’t been allowed to wait inside, use bathroom facilities or get water. Many of the travelers said they only wanted to purchase tickets or pick-up tickets that had already been purchased by family members.
Terrance Pierre, who said he was evacuated from Xavier University on Wednesday, said he had been waiting outside of the station for more than five hours to purchase a ticket to Texas. Pierre said he was just trying to reunite with his family and friends.“I’m just trying to get a ticket with my own money,” he said.Through security guards at the station, the bus station’s manager declined to discuss why the people were not allowed inside. Travelers said they were told that there had been a disturbance at the bus station on Friday, but that could not confirmed with station employees. In addition, they said they were told that the bus station’s booking system was not operating. Officials from Greyhound’s national office could not be reached for comment on Saturday night.Although the crowd appeared orderly, six Baton Rouge police cruisers arrived at the station at about 7:20 p.m... A security guard at the door told officers that some people in the crowd had been banging on the station’s doors, a claim all of the travelers vehemently denied.No one was arrested, and the officers left after instructing travelers to line up along the front of the building. After the officers left, bus station employees began allowing some people to enter the station to use the restroom, but most were forced to remain outside.
Good Op-Ed - Anne Rice
Thanks to BigShot for the link. My favorite passage below:
I know that New Orleans will win its fight in the end. I was born in the city and lived there for many years. It shaped who and what I am. Never have I experienced a place where people knew more about love, about family, about loyalty and about getting along than the people of New Orleans. It is perhaps their very gentleness that gives them their endurance.
They will rebuild as they have after storms of the past; and they will stay in New Orleans because it is where they have always lived, where their mothers and their fathers lived, where their churches were built by their ancestors, where their family graves carry names that go back 200 years. They will stay in New Orleans where they can enjoy a sweetness of family life that other communities lost long ago.
But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us. You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music. Then when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny minority preying on the weak among us, you called us "Sin City," and turned your backs.
Well, we are a lot more than all that. And though we may seem the most exotic, the most atmospheric and, at times, the most downtrodden part of this land, we are still part of it. We are Americans. We are you
Superdome Completely Evacuated
Loyola Semester Cancelled
In other good news, Loyola has agreed to pay all faculty and staff for the Fall 2005 semester. See, that's how you treat people.
Our Apt ok?
Isn't that mind-boggling? Hopefully we can get back there before the looters do if this good news holds. It is from a reliable source, though.
Thanks to the ATL Public Health folks for the info.
Katrina Deployments Add to Military Strain
By ROBERT BURNSThe Associated PressSaturday, September 3, 2005; 4:18 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's decision to put thousands of active-duty soldiers and Marines on Hurricane Katrina relief duty adds a new dimension to the enormous strain on the military from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Senior military officers said Saturday they have plenty of troops to handle their wide range of missions at home and abroad, and they discounted suggestions that the urgent deployment of soldiers and Marines to the Gulf Coast would interfere with the rotation of combat troops in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
West Virginia taking evacuees as well
At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, six West Virginia Air National Guard C-130s left Charleston's Yeager Airport for New Orleans Airport to pick up approximately 500 Louisiana residents "looking for a safe and friendly place to lay their heads," Manchin said.
The first plane was to arrive Saturday evening back at Yeager, where the passengers would be given food, water, showers, blankets and medical attention, he said. From there, they were to be flown to Morgantown and bused to Camp Dawson in Preston County, where they will be temporarily housed.
"We will welcome these fellow Americans with open arms and I am confident that our residents will quickly rise to the challenge of helping our new neighbors rebuild their lives," the governor said.
Baton Rouge residents afraid of New Orleanians
Thomas said Governor Blanco has done the best she could do, but said she has to tell people around the state that N.O. residents are not thugs and looters, and to accept them in their community. "They got a lot of good people in New Orleans," Thomas said.
Said he was at the scene of the alleged "riot" at the Centroplex, but that it was blown out of proportion.
Thomas said that only a few people are committing acts of criminal looting, and are not in the majority.
Phoenix welcoming evacuees
Some of the evacuees would likely be brought to Phoenix's Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where they would remain for a few weeks until other housing arrangements could be made, said Napolitano spokeswoman Jeanine L'Ecuyer.
"We will be working with people to transition them to other shelters," L'Ecuyer said.
Another possible location for temporarily housing refugees is the Tucson Convention Center, said Michael Carson, a spokesman for the city of Tucson.
Officials were unable to say how many refugees would be sent Phoenix and Tucson and how long the displaced people would remain in shelters.
The Arizona Department of Housing plans to help find longer-term housing for refugees.
Charity Hospital Completely Evacuated
2:58 P.M. - (WWL-TV) BATON ROUGE: All patients, physicians, employees, and students were successfully evacuated from Charity Hospital.
The newborns from the well baby and in intensive care units were transferred to Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge.
The mental health patients and their mental health staff were transported to the Central Louisiana State Hospital at Pineville.
The employees, students, and residents were taken to Baton Rouge or San Antonio.
As soon as information is compiled on the location of patients transferred from the MCL Charity and University campuses, a toll free hot line will be made available and announced in the media.
St. Charles Parish - Residents, please come back
Wikipedia - Interesting hurricane info
This is pretty facinating. Some type of Encyclopedia that anybody in the world can edit. Facinating!
Jeff Parish residents allowed in on Monday
WWL] A WWL interview with a Jefferson Parish official, Jefferson Parish residents will be allowed back in Monday morning starting at 6am. Residents MUST have i.d. to be allowed in. And you cannot use the I-10...you must travel via Airline Hwy. (61) or U.S. 90. Residents will be allowed to collect your belongings and will not be allowed to return for a month.
ALERT - FEMA uniforms, badges stolen
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Saturday that many FEMA uniforms, badges and letterheads have been stolen in the New Orleans area are being used as fake identification by robbers.
FEMA leaders said the crooks are referring to themselves as "FEMA Procurement Officers," even though no such officers exist.
The agency said that the robbers are using the phony status to steal vehicles, fuel and valuables.
In some cases, the robbers are armed. FEMA said its agents are never armed.
FEMA officials said that if an armed person claiming to be from the agency approaches you, ask for photo identification, but also cooperate with their demands to avoid being hurt.
Anyone with information about people who may be claiming to be FEMA personnel, call the offices in Baton Rouge at (225) 296-3421 or (225) 296-3335.
By ROBERT TANNER / Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS – Planes, trains and buses delivered refugees to safety on Saturday as the evacuation of this ruined city finally appeared to pick up steam.
Buses had evacuated most people from the frightening confines of the Superdome by early morning. At the equally squalid convention center, thousands of people began pushing and dragging their belongings up the street to more than a dozen air-conditioned buses, the mood more numb than jubilant.
Audubon Zoo safe - nola.com
Technical assistance needed
Clinton pissed by Hastert
Saturday, 10:22 a.m.Add former President Clinton to the list of those angered by statements made this week by House Speaker Dennis Hastert that it doesn't make sense to rebuild New Orleans.Hastert, R-Illinois, has since backed off his comments, saying he does not want to see the city "bulldozed,'' as he had told a newspaper several days ago.Today's Washington Post reports that Clinton was discussing New Orleans's dilemma when someone described the speaker's comments to him. Had they been in the same place when the remarks were made, Clinton said, "I'm afraid I would have assaulted him."
Here's the game. Write your own caption in the comments section for this picture.
Something along the lines of:
"You wouldn't believe it Ray, but the fish we almost caught was this big."
"Come here old buddy, looks like you need a hug"
Pop Evacuee - back to work
Louisiana state officials are already talking with Wall Street about plans to rebuild with a massive issuance of municipal bonds.
By Charles Gasparino
Updated: 3:47 p.m. ET Sept. 2, 2005
Sept. 2, 2005 - Even as government officials are scrambling to bring basic services to the people of storm-ravaged New Orleans, state politicians are taking their first, albeit tentative, steps toward drafting a plan to rebuild the city and the state through a massive issuance of municipal bonds, NEWSWEEK has learned.
Updates from Fema Director Mike Brown - via wwltv.com
9:38 A.M. - Brown; The situation at the Convention Center is under control.
9:37 A.M. - Brown: Amtrak trains are now flowing out of the city with evacuees.
9:36 A.M. - Brown; Approximately 1,700 people in hospitals still need to be evacuated.
9:35 A.M. - Brown: We have 80,000 people in shelters in areas outside of the area.
9:35 A.M. - Brown: Three Carnival Cruise ships are going to be used for temporary housing. Zephyr Field will be used as a military hospital.
9:35 A.M. - Brown: Rescue workers are going house to house looking for survivors.
Fires breaking out around city
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- As the struggle continued to rescue victims from floodwaters and evacuate people from New Orleans, two major fires raged along the waterfront Saturday morning.
One of them was engulfing an industrial district on the river and was threatening to proceed warehouse by warehouse along the stretch.
The black smoke covered the skyline of the city, where firefighting resources are stretched thin and the hydrants are dry. There was no sign that the 50-to-60 blazes were being fought.
What's really happening in Houston - Long post
Yesterday, Carol and I went to the Astrodome to volunteer, and I can tell you,things are not good. There's 20,000+ in the astrodome, 7,000+ in ReliantArena, and about 5,000+ just walking around the area. They haven't reallybeen explaining in the news what's it like. I've been watching CNN thismorning and they said there's 15,000 total there. That's flat out way off.
When we got there, there was no signs telling anyone where to go. It took usa while even to find a police officer. There's garbage everywhere, and theonly staff they have is the normal janitorial staff to clean up. There'sliterally thousands of sick, dirty, angry people, and no security presence.
While walking around the astrodome looking for the Red Cross we came across aman slung over a metal gate. He was slouched over in a very awkward position,and people were trying to wake him up, but with no response. People werelooking for a medic or policeman, and there was none around.
We decided to go help in one of the convention halls, unloading supplies, or
Cross, who was supposedly in charge started telling us what they needed. Shehad no idea how to delegate control, or organize people. There were about 20of us, trying to get started, and she was asking us to sign up with the RedCross, so they could send us thank you letters. None of us really cared aboutthat at the time.
So, we're in a hall with roughly 500 people in it. I'm not sure why, but theyhad the people taped and gated off from where we were. This lady asked us ifwe could "maybe just get in a line, by the tape, and kind of try to keeppeople under control." This was not a good sign. We were not there for riotcontrol. Then she decided to close all the service doors because she wasafraid some of the refugees were bringing guns and drugs into the arena. Sheasked some of if we could "man the doors." Again, this was not a good sign.
We needed surgical gloves, there were none. We needed to get some, no oneknew where to get them. No one knew who was in charge, or what the end resultwould be. It was a joke.
We ended up folding clothes that came in through donation organizations, andsorting them for refugees to look through.
Upon leaving, a couple of thoughts entered my mind. One, if a city with theresources of Houston is having these kind of command and control problems, Ican't even imagine what's been going on in New Orleans. Two, "a hungry man isan angry man." If we would've gotten food to these people earlier we wouldnot be in the situation we would be right now. Lastly, I really wonder ifthis was New York, or a more affluent area affected, would the response belike this? Being at school and around town, I hear a lot of people, I'd say a majority of people, worrying if "thugs will take over," or "if crime willrise," or "how many homes will be broken into." Consider this, on the radio,they were saying there are overflows of clothes, food, supplies, and thatpeople need to stop donating. At the same time, they are begging for peopleto come down and help. No one wants to be hands on. And being there, I'mtelling you, most of the volunteers are black. I hate to say this, but ifthis had happened to 100,000 middle-class white people, I just don't thinkthings would be like this. It's sick.
The other volunteers there were begging, demanding more manpower, medical,and service oriented people, and they just were not there. They need much,much more security and medical, not bottled water.
We're going back today to put a day's work in. Courtney's brother Kent is alicensed Emergency Medical Tech., and a medic in training with specialforces. He's on leave from Ft. Bragg for the weekend and is going down tohelp with us. Hopefully things will get better.
More sattelite photos
Something to look forward to.
We're holding up ok, still trying to find out more info about our jobs and companies and such, but no luck yet. We're feeling pretty ok though, just trying to get info on different people that we haven't heard from yet.
Stay tuned, more posts later today before the game.
Great read - A sportswriter's memories of New Orleans
I'm not saying it was the best week, the wildest, the most rewarding, even the most entertaining. But things kept happening and happening. I witnessed my most exciting sporting event up to that point. Watched my favorite band perform three songs. Probably downed 100 drinks and smoked about 200 cigarettes. Gambled until the wee hours every night. Nearly got dumped by my fiancée. Wrote the single best column of my life. Had the most memorable drinking night of my life. Tapped the full potential of an Internet column in every respect, for better and worse. Even had my life threatened a few times.
A way to donate to the relief effort online
Hibernia defers payments
6:20 a.m. Hiberna Defers PaymentsSome Hiberna customers in Louisiana and Mississippi (those in zip codes that start with 700, 701, 703, 704, 394, 395 or 396) will not have to make any payments on their loans until January 2006.
AP Essay - Could this actually be happening in America?
For LA residents with accounts at other financial institutions - possible resource
for Chase/Bank One customers - info on accounts
For those of you with Consumer Bank One/ Chaseaccounts that were affected by Katrina, you need tocall the 877-226-5663 number and ask to have all billswith the bank deferred for 90 days and to have yourmail rerouted to whatever address you will be using.For all business owners with Chase/Bank One you needto call 1-800-chase38 and they can do the same foryour business accounts/ loans. I don't have access toany systems until Monday since I am in corporatehousing currently. Also Texas will go through theirbig merger on September 19th when the two companiesbecome one. I have limited acess to the systems untilthat happens, so the 877# and 800# are probably yourbest bet in the mean time.
T-P Editorial on Federal Hurricane Repsonse
A day after a normally easy-going Mayor Ray Nagin blasted federal officials' seeming indifference to the plight of New Orleanians who are stranded and dying, President Bush stood on the lawn of the White House and conceded the point: The federal government did not move quickly enough or forcefully enough to help those people hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. "The results are not acceptable," the president said before boarding a helicopter to go survey the storm's damage.It's good to hear the president admit his administration's shortcomings, and it's even better to hear his promise to help all of us who are in need. But the sad truth remains that the federal government's slow start has already proved fatal to some of the most vulnerable people in the New Orleans area. Water has killed hundreds, if not thousands, of people. A lack of water to drink is exacting its toll on others. "I don't want to see anybody do anymore goddamn press conferences," the mayor said during a WWL radio interview Thursday. "Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city."The mayor had obviously become fed up with federal bureaucrats' use of future tense verbs. "Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here," he said. "They're not here. It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country."We applaud the mayor for giving voice to an entire city's frustration. How could the most powerful and technologically advanced nation in the history of the world have responded so feebly to this crisis?The president's admission of his administration's mistakes will mean nothing unless the promised help is deployed immediately. Each life is precious, and there isn't a second chance to save a single one of them. No more talk of what's going to happen. We only want to hear what is being done. The lives of our people depend on it.
Things are coming back together
There were continued signs of the efforts to restore order.Guns pointed skyward in the back of troop transport vehicles, Friday's initial deployment of about 7,000 soldiers from all over the country first moved in on the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where they encountered a small city of angry and desperate refugees along a boulevard littered with now putrefying corpses.Soldiers offloaded pallets of food and water, in some cases tossing the supplies at upwards of 15,000 refugees seething from their exposure to subhuman conditions brought on by lack of sustenance and sewerage. A motorcade of 95 air-conditioned buses broke away from the troop transport vehicles they had been following and made for the Superdome, the city's shelter of last resort, to complete an evacuation that on Thursday had pared back a refugee population that peaked at about 25,000. The show of force began to yield results, but not without incident. One unit in a five-bus caravan had reached Opelousas when it flipped on its side, killing one passenger and injuring 17 others. Other convoys carried 4,200 people to airstrips for further evacuation out of the region, and by early evening the Superdome was expected to be empty, Brig. Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, deputy commander of the National Guard's Katrina Task Force, said late Friday afternoon. The Convention Center throng was reduced by 1,000, he said. In addition, a fleet of six small planes - soon to be expanded to a dozen - airlifted 438 patients from city hospitals. The Coast Guard continued to ply flooded neighborhoods working alongside a private flotilla of several hundred boats to pluck survivors from rooftops, attics and highway ramps and bridges. By Friday, the tally of those rescued by the Coast Guard had topped 4,000, Capt. Sharon Richey said.
Note from my friend who was evacuating the hospital...
Friday, September 02, 2005
Housing for evacuees - Needed or offered
Hurricane Katrina has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. But thousands of people throughout the region are stepping up to offer free shelter to those in need.
71,047 beds volunteered so far!
Sattellite photos of Katrina's devistation
Note: Very large files, data transfer could be pretty slow...
Of course, the one that would show our house cuts it off just at the intersection where we live. Oh well, we'll just have to wait longer for more info...
Hastert feeling sorry that he was a blatant P.O.S. - via nola.com
Relief begins to arrive in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- On the day President Bush visited this devastated city, thousands of tired and angry people stranded at the convention center welcomed National Guard troops and trucks carrying food, water and medicine with cheers and tears of joy.
"The crowd erupted," said Tishia Walters, a woman in the convention center crowd told CNN by telephone.
"Flags went flying, people shouting and waving. There's like 7,000 people out here in dying conditions," she added.
Causeway ok - nola.com
By Meghan GordonSt. Tammany bureau
Despite reports by local radio and the national press, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway sustained no major damage from Katrina’s storm surge, the bridge’s general manager said in the first official report of its condition.An extensive inspection of the 24-mile bridge between Metairie and Mandeville found two areas of erosion that are expected to be refurbished within days, General Manager Robert Lambert said.
Margret Miller of D'Iberville, Miss. lost every brick and board to Hurricane Camille in 73. The only item she ever found was her silver platter she found lying in a field. She rebuilt. Hurricane Katrina has now taken every brick and board of her home again. Nothing left at all...except the same silver platter which she again found lying in a field. She plans to rebuild again.Eliot Kamenitz
Incredible Nagin Interview
Updates from Nola.com
Old Metairie flooding6:10 p.m.Jefferson Parish officials said residents from two areas in Old Metairie may not be able to get into their homes next week because of street flooding.The first is bordered by Airline Drive to the south, Severn Avenue to the west, Metairie Road to the north and the Orleans/Jefferson Parish line to the east.The second is bordered by Jefferson Highway to the south, Causeway Boulevard to the west, Airline Drive to the north and the Orleans/Jefferson Parish line to the east.Water in those areas is as deep as six feet, officials said.
Saints on the road all season?
"I think we pretty much know it's going to be a long road," Gleason said. "Obviously, we don't really have a home. We've pretty much made a decision as a team that as much bad stuff that's going on in New Orleans, we're one part of New Orleans that is able to continue to do the things we can do. If there's any hope we can bring, any enjoyment we can bring to the people of New Orleans, that's what we want to be.
Congress OKs $10.5B Katrina Aid Package
Evacuee Bus overturns, one killed
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — One Hurricane Katrina evacuee died and many others were injured when a bus carrying them from the Superdome swerved across a highway median and overturned Friday.
A friend's parents rescue - great people helping out.
"My parents are safe. They were pulled from the flood waters by nuns. Then two guys from Lafayette, ignoring the authorities, showed up in a flat boat and rescued them from the second floor of the convent. They dropped them off on I-10 where they spent the night, then caught a bus bound for Houston, but got off at Port Allen. They were able to contact me and I picked them up."
Bush - "We're going to make it right"
"Where it's not working right, we're going to make it right," Bush said. "We are going to restore order in the city of New Orleans."
YLC - Interesting info
I believe that our voice in the rebuilding of NewOrleans will now be more critical than ever before, and I look forward toworking with you all to that end when it is safe for us to return to thecity and resume operations of the Young Leadership Council. I know that Iwill always be Proud to Call it Home, and my hope is that together we might,as Mayor Nagin said, rebuild it even better than it was.
Tropical Depression Lee & Tropical Storm Maria
Baton Rouge = largest city in LA
"Baton Rouge is now the largest city in Louisiana and it's going to be for quite a while, if not permanently," said Walter Monsour, the top administrator to the president of the city-parish government.
Ford offers payment deferrals - via NOLA.com
Mortgage Loan Relief Available - via Nola.com
Food for thought.
Anybody needing legal assistance
Crisis counseling hotline available - via nola.com
CNN Breaking News
Fires in Bywater, CBD
Fires break out in Bywater, CBD8:02 a.m.Three explosions ignited a fire today at a chemical facility in the Bywater neighborhood around 4:35 a.m., WAFB, Channel 9 reported. A Coast Guard boat patrolling the Mississippi River passed near by as smoke billowed over the city. Further details were unavailable. At 9 a.m., WAFB reported a fire in a five-story building on Poydras Street across from the W Hotel.
Blanco - Troops know how to shoot to kill
Walter Maestri quote
7:01 A.M. - Jeff Parish Emergency Operations Center Director Walter Maestri: 17th Street Canal Levee breach is now under control...not fixed...but under control.
6:59 A.M. - Jeff Parish Emergency Operations Center Director Walter Maestri: Civil unrest is basically under control in Orleans and Jefferson.
6:58 A.M. - Maestri: Explosions Friday morning were NOT a result of thuggery, but merely gas problems that exploded in Bywater.
Astrodome full at 11,375
The total of 11,375 inside the Astrodome when the initial decision on capacity was made was less than half the estimated 23,000 people who were expected to arrive by bus from New Orleans in Houston.
Stephanie Grace's latest column
Stephanie Grace column8:00 p.m.By Stephanie GracePolitical columnist
A week ago today, Mayor Ray Nagin was positively giddy about New Orleans' prospects. He had good reason: Donald Trump was coming to town. Nagin sat in his corporate-style City Hall office and discussed the newly inked deal to convert a Poydras Street parking lot into New Orleans’ tallest skyscraper, a glitzy hotel-condominium hybrid known in the trade as a “condotel.” He gleefully pondered what Trump’s stamp of approval said about the city’s economic present, and future. “The market has tipped. It's pretty amazing," Nagin said. In fact, he planned to lobby Trump to invest in other projects, from downtown to the potentially marketable riverfront.Could this really be the same city? The same century? Could the mayor who couldn’t stop grinning last Thursday really be the same man who just today issued a “desparate SOS” to anyone who might be able to save the thousands of lives still endangered by Hurricane Katrina and its desperate, violent aftermath?It’s not like Nagin had his head in the sand before. He and everyone else knew that New Orleans was as precarious as it was promising. They just didn’t know how close the edge was. Turns out that the entrenched poverty, the culture of lawlessness, the delicate drainage system and even admirable impulses such as the devotion to home, family and neighborhood that kept so many people from leaving have, it now seems, been New Orleans’ undoing. Just turn on the TV, if you’re lucky enough to be someplace with electricity. Can’t get away from it. You have to wonder: Will the Donald Trumps of the world ever come back? Better question: Will we? So much is gone. There will be no tourism industry for the foreseeable future, and that means no jobs for the huge numbers of locals who eke out a living in the service industry. There’s no school, and interim superintendent Ora Watson has already advised Orleans Parish system teachers to look for work elsewhere and for parents to enroll their kids where they can.By necessity, Tom Benson now gets to see how his Saints like calling someplace other than the tattered Superdome home. Thousands upon thousands of flooded homes will be razed, and who knows when the roads, electricity and water will be fixed. Worst of all, we may never know what happened to all those missing people whose loved ones are trying to find them.If you’re looking for answers here, might as well stop reading now. I’m still trying to convince myself that it really is this week, not last. That my house is standing but the nearby shopping center has been stripped bare by looters. That the convention center is now a backdrop to shootouts instead of not national meetings. That people I know and care for are unaccounted for, and others have emerged to tell of unimaginable horrors on the streets. That our perennially optimistic mayor won’t have anything to smile about for a long, long time.I’m still trying to get my mind around the fact that the decimated landscape on TV is my city. And realizing that despite it all, I do love it, just as I did before, and I want to come back. I don’t think I’m the only one. That’s a start, anyway
Working to close 17th Street Canal by Friday
Blanco demands apology
9:15 p.m.An angry Gov. Kathleen Blanco demanded that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., apologize for his statement that it might not make sense to rebuild New Orleans. It was “unthinkable,” Blanco said, that Hastert would “kick us when we’re down. I demand an immediate apology.”
Mayor Nagin on the federal government
"They flew down here one time two days after the doggone event was over with TV cameras, AP reporters, all kind of goddamn — excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed," Nagin said.
Nagin said he told Bush in a recent conversation that "we had an incredible crisis here and that his flying over in Air Force One does not do it justice ... I have been all around this city and that I am very frustrated because we are not able to marshal resources and we are outmanned in just about every respect."
Comment Spam - added word verification
From a friend at Homeland Defense
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Out for the evening
ANyhow, please post breaking news, comments or questions in the comments below, and I'll have more news tomorrow.
Dennis Hastert is a P.O.S.
Thursday, 2:55 p.m.By Bill WalshWashington bureauWASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert dropped a bombshell on flood-ravaged New Orleans on Thursday by suggesting that it isn’t sensible to rebuild the city."It doesn't make sense to me," Hastert told the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago in editions published today. "And it's a question that certainly we should ask."
Change of address with the USPS
"Change your address, the mail will follow you," he said.
N.B.A. Prepares to Relocate Hornets in Aftermath of Hurricane
~ John Wooden (1910-) All-American player at Purdue, coached most ever NCAA basketball champions at UCLA
CNN Breaking News
Loyola University New Orleans info
Sorry for the incorrect link earlier.
Loyola Alumni Info
Please join and visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LoyolaAlumni2005/ and please help spread the word with other alumni. This site will serve as a central point and listserv to keep everyone informed and involved.
Loyola New Orleans, Class of 1999
Spy sattelites aiding in Katrina rebuilding effort
Source: ReutersWASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - U.S. Spy satellites have been called into service to help federal emergency officials cope with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, officials said on Wednesday.
The little-known National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which analyzes satellite images for the espionage community and combat troops, has provided scores of images of hard-hit areas, including New Orleans, before and after the storm struck.
Thinking of heading back to New Orleans?
N.O. Police Chief Eddie Compass
"It's too dangerous to come home."
Gov. Kathleen Blanco
Inspiring quote of the day
New Orleans Elevation Map
We live in the area, in the bottom-left dip in the river, called the "Black Pearl". As you can see, elevations are much higher there than in most of New Orleans.
Corporate donations to relief effort
SOME MONETARY DONATIONS
-- Chevron: $5 million.
-- JPMorgan Chase: $3 million.
-- Citigroup: $3 million.
-- Walt Disney Co.: $2.5 million.
-- Pfizer: $2 million.
-- Abbott Laboratories: $2 million.
-- State Farm: $1 million.
-- EDS: Will match employee contributions up to $1 million.
HEALTH CARE DONATIONS
-- Eli Lilly: 40,000 vials of refrigerated insulin.
-- Wyeth: antibiotics and nonprescription pain relievers.
-- Merck: antibiotics and hepatitis A vaccines.
-- Johnson & Johnson: Pain relievers, wound care supplies and kits containing toothbrushes, soap and shampoo.
-- Abbott Laboratories: At least $2 million in nutritional and medical products.
SOME OTHER DONATIONS
-- Nissan: 50 trucks for Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
-- General Motors: 25 cars and trucks to the Red Cross.
-- Sprint Nextel: 3,000 walkie talkie-type phones for emergency personnel.
-- Qwest Communications: 2,000 long-distance calling cards.
-- Kellogg: Seven truckloads of crackers and cookies.
-- Culligan International: Five truckloads of water.
-- Anheuser-Busch: more than 825,000 cans of water.
-- Office Depot: Contents of its five New Orleans stores, valued at $4 million.
10:05 A.M. - WWL-TV's Mike Hoss: The camera cannot truly capture what transpired in New Orleans. "You have no idea how bad it is," he said.
Stories of armed, roving gangs going around town looting every business they come across have been overexaggerated by the national media.
9:36 A.M. - NEW YORK (AP): Harry Connick Jr., who grew up in New Orleans, says the city will rebuild and that its residents are "freakishly strong."
In an interview today on NBC's "Today" show, Connick compared the rejuvenating spirit of New Yorkers after the September 11 terror attacks to those in the hurricane-ravaged city.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
We're in Chicago
If anybody wants to call us, email me and I'll send you the number.
Talk to you all soon,
The most amazing hurricane site I have come across
If any of you Catholics are going to Church this weekend
WASHINGTON (August 30, 2005)—Bishop William S. Skylstad, President of theUnited States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has announced that aNational Collection for Hurricane Relief will be taken up in the 195Catholic dioceses throughout the United States.
MSY Airport open for humanitarian goods...
NEW ORLEANS - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is now openfor humanitarian flights during daylight hours. The airport sustained nosignificantdamage and there is no standing water in movement areas. The airport roofs,hangars and fencing were damaged.
Operations can be conducted on the north-south and the newly reconstructedEast-West Runways. Air Traffic Control is operating.
American operated the first post-hurricane flight with no problems Tuesday. Thehelipad is operational and handled more than 30 flights Tuesday.
Main airport needs include reliable jet fuel supply, instrument landing systemsand air conditioning in the terminal.
Water receding (hopefully)
Superdome refugees to Houson
HOUSTON – At least 25,000 of Hurricane Katrina's refugees, a majority of them at the New Orleans Superdome, will travel in a bus convoy to Houston and will be sheltered at the Astrodome, which hasn't been used for professional sporting events in years.
Amazing pictures of New Orleans & downtown
Missing Persons database
You can get a drink at any time in New Orleans
Johnny White’s Sport Bar on Bourbon Street at Orleans Avenue didn’t close Tuesday night, and had six patrons at 8 a.m. drinking at the bar.“Monday night, they came by after curfew and wanted us to close,” bartender Perry Bailey, 60, said of officers then patrolling the French Quarter. But all we did was shut the doors and stayed open.”
If you are in the BR Area and want to help:
AP: Mayor says Hundreds, likely Thousands dead
Children's Hospital OK
Great site for evacuation cash crunch
Maybe we won't head back too soon...
Floating body Uptown
5 p.m.Neighbors in the area near Hickory and Short streets Uptown said a body has been floating nearby in five feet of water since the unidentified man was shot five times on Monday.Neighbors said the shooting was reported, but police and other officials apparently have been unable to respond.
Who says that our residents aren't smart?
Latest Update - City Shut Down for 2-3 Months
There will be a "total evacuation of the city. We have to. The city will not be functional for two or three months," Nagin said.
Fox News just reported that they will be moving everyone from Superdome all the way to the Astrodome via bus.
"It can no longer operate as a shelter of last resort," the mayor said.
They were going to use a cruise ship but it didn't pan out.
Open topic - Off to Chicago
Thanks to all of you for your kind words, thoughts, prayers, etc. We do appreciate it even if we can't get through on the phone.
Jude & Karen
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Nagin interview and WWL pics
Interview with Nagin
WWLTV slide show. Higher def pics.
Updated Phone Numbers and Web Resources
Office of Emergency Preparedness: 225-389-2100 or 225-922-0332
U.S. Coast Guard: 225-925-7708, 225-925-7709, 225-925-3511
Also below is a link to a Survivor Database apparently run by Red Cross:
GCN Survivor-Connector DataBase>
Last but not least... craigslist has suddenly become a good resource for anyone looking for housing, missing people, free food and goods, and even their own services:
housing: housing board
Many folks are offering free space in their own homes. :)
missing people/connections: community board
food and goods: stuff board
services offered: services board
Looking towards the future
~ John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) American Statesman (35th US president: 1961-63), youngest president
Another timely inspriational quote in my email has me thinking of the future, and I am hopeful that New Orleans can emerge on the other side of this disaster even better than before. Only time will tell, but hope is the only useful emotion I have right now.
New Chris Rose column = awesome
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. By Chris Rose
I got out. I’m mystified by the notion that so many people didn’t even try, but that’s another story for another time.We left Saturday, my wife, kids and me. We went first to Picayune, Miss., thinking that a Category 3 storm would flood New Orleans and knock out power, but that we’d be dry and relatively comfortable in the piney woods while the city dried out.Sunday morning, of course, Katrina was massive red blob on our TV screens – now a Cat 5 – so we packed up and left again.We left my in-laws behind in Picayune. They wouldn’t come with us. Self-sufficient country folk; sometimes you can’t tell ‘em nothing.We don’t know what happened to them. My wife’s dad and her brother and their families: No word. Only hope.Like so many people around the country wondering what happened to those still unaccounted for; we just don’t know. That’s the hardest part.If you take the images you’ve seen on TV and picked up off the radio and internet, and you try to apply what you know to the people and places you don’t know about, well, the mind starts racing, assumptions are made and well … it consumes you.The kids ask you questions. You don’t have answers. Sometimes they look at me and though they don’t say it, I can see they’re wondering: Daddy, where are you?My 6-year-old daughter, she’s onto this thing. What is she thinking?We spent Sunday night in a no-tell motel in a forgotten part of downtown Vicksburg; a neighborhood teetering between a familiar antiquated charm and hopeless decay. Truth is, it called to mind my beloved New Orleans.Most of the folks in the hotel seem to live there permanently and it had a hard-luck feel to it. It was the kind of place where your legs start itching in the bed and you think the worst and you don’t want your kids to touch the carpet or the tub and we huddled together and I read them to sleep.Monday morning, my wife’s aunt told us they had a generator in Baton Rouge. As Katrina marched north and east, we bailed on our sullen little hotel and drove down along he western ridge of the storm, mostly alone on the road.Gas was no problem. We had catfish and pulled pork in a barbeque joint in Natchez and the folks there - everyone we have met along our three-day journey – has said the same thing: Good luck, folks. We love your city. Take care of it for us.Oh, my city. We have spent hours and hours listening to the radio. Image upon image piling up in your head.What about school? What about everyone’s jobs? Did all our friends get out? Are there still trees on the streetcar line? What will our economy be like with no visitors? How many are dead? Do I have a roof? Have the looters found me yet? When can we go home?Like I said, it consumes you as you sit helplessly miles from home, unable to help anyone, unable to do anything. If I could, what I’d do first is hurt the looters. I’d hurt them bad.But you have to forget all that. You have to focus on what is at hand, what you can reach and when you have three little kids lost at sea, they are what’s at hand and what you can reach. I brought them to a playground in Baton Rouge Tuesday afternoon. They’d been bottled up for days.Finally unleashed, they ran, they climbed, they fell down, they fought, they cried, they made me laugh, they drove me crazy; they did the things that makes them kids. It grounds you. You take a breath. You count to ten. Maybe - under the circumstances - you go to twenty or thirty this time.And tonight, we’ll just read them to sleep again.We have several books with us because – and this is rich – we brought on our evacuation all the clothes and things we planned to bring on a long-weekend trip that we were going to take over Labor Day weekend.To the beach. To Fort Morgan, right at the mouth of Mobile Bay. Man.Instead of that, I put on my sun tan lotion and went out in the yard of the house where we’re staying in Baton Rouge and I raked a massive pile of leaves and limbs from the yard and swept the driveway.Doing yard work and hitting the jungle gym on the Day After. Pretending life goes on. Just trying to stay busy. Just trying not to think. Just trying not to fail, really. Gotta keep moving.
The True Evacuation Experience
It was soon apparent that wasn't going to happen.
We left Tallahassee around 7AM, and headed out west. Once we got into Mississippi, we were quickly amazed at how much wind damage there had been from the hurricane moving through. We saw downed trees and signs all over the place, however the roads were amazingly clear. We had made good time, and were looking forward to getting into the hotel around 3pm.
We stopped for gas around 1:00 on 70 miles on the East side of Jackson, and the gas staions were out. All of the stations at the interstate were out, as well as the two a few blocks down. We got word that there was gas in Philadelphia, MS, but that was about 35 miles out of the way. We decided to head that way, and check it out. Most of the next few small towns were all out of power, and we ended up waiting in line for a few cars in order to fuel up. At that point, we decided that we should head further north, and made plans to drive up to Chicago to be with my fiance's family.
We stopped tonight at a hotel in S. Memphis, and will leave early tomorrow for Chitown. Upon walking in to the hotel, it's apparent that the hotel is filled with evacuees, who are posting notes that people could glean from the news on a big white board that the hotel provided. There will be a prayer service at 10pm tonight for the evacuees, and I will try to make it by. There's a lot of news to catch up on, and we are anxious to learn more about when we will be able to make it back into town and survey the damage to our little place. All of a sudden, carrying all of that furniture (or having friends carry it to be more specific) seems a lot more worthwhile in light of everything that has happened.
Great Link source to local info
The video shows that the popular Sid-Mars restaurant is gone.
Mom & Pop Evacuee - Power situation
****ALL RESIDENTS ON THE EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN THE METRO AREA ARE BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE AS EFFORTS TO SANDBAG THE LEVEE BREAK HAVE ENDED. THE PUMPS IN THAT AREA ARE EXPECTED TO FAIL SOON AND 9 FEET OF WATER IS EXPECTED IN THE ENTIRE EAST BANK. WITHIN THE NEXT 12-15 HOURS****
Jeff Parish President. Residents will probably be allowed back in town in a week, with identification only, but only to get essentials and clothing. You will then be asked to leave and not come back for one month.
Loss of law & order
NEW ORLEANS -- What police presence there is in New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss., isn't slowing down looters.
A police spokesman in New Orleans said a police officer was shot in the head by a looter, but he's expected to recover.
Dozens of looters on historic Canal Street have ripped open steel gates to stores. Some filled plastic garbage cans to carry or float stolen goods.
In Biloxi, looters picked through slot machines of damaged casinos to see if they still have coins inside.
One motel owner says people are just "filling up garbage bags and walking off like they're Santa Claus."
Federal Emergency Management (FEMA)
Hey guys,Please tell everyone you know to register on www.fema.gov for aid.Everyone can check on www.fema.org to see if the parish they live in iseligible for aid (it probably is).
I went onto the site and found a few more direct links. To apply for aid:
Open topic - Off to Jackson, MS
See you all back in New Orleans soon,
Jude & Karen
Another amazing quote
"As night fell, the sirens of house alarms were finally silent, and the air filled with a different, deafening and unfamiliar sound: the extraordinary din of thousands of croaking frogs."
"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others, at whatever cost." – Arthur Ashe – Tennis Player
Monday, August 29, 2005
Forums for neighborhood information
It sounds like Uptown New Orleans made out pretty well, knock on blog. It's late, time for bed, we leave early tomorrow AM to begin the trek most of the way back, to Lockport via Jackson/Clinton MS.
Jefferson Parish/Lakeview Flooding
Back towards Lakeview, here's a screenshot from the streaming footage of the gas station at Robert E Lee & Paris Ave
Armstrong - New Orleans airport website
Saints Home opener - 9/18
Club officials were looking at conducting next week's workouts, ahead of their September 11 opener at Carolina, in Houston or Dallas, or possibly at college facilities in Shreveport or Lafayette, depending on the damage in New Orleans. The Saints' home opener against the New York Giants on September 18 will be played, but whether the game is played in the Superdome will depend upon the recovery of the city and stadium over the next three weeks.
Mom & Pop Evacuee back home
I wish we knew as much about our place in the city, but this is a good start.
Hurricane Katrina photos - New Orleans, Uptown
Uptown photos under "Citizen Journalist"
Nothing but Rooftops
Sheriff Harry Lee says Jefferson Parish residents should not try to return home for days, possibly a week, due to downed power lines.
A survey of the West Bank by NewsChannel 6 crews reveals "not much flooding, but damage to homes, roofs blown off, windows out," according to WDSU Executive Producer Scott Burke
St. Bernard Emergency OPS: Levee topped at Industrial Canal, 4-7 feet of flood water. "We can't see the tops of the levees," said Larry Ingargiola
Entergy: 700,000 of the utility's 770,000 customers in metro New Orleans are without power. Spokesperson Amy Stallings says to be prepared to be without power for at least a month. Other power outage totals: 66,000 in St. Tammany, 3,000 in Iberia and St. Mary Parishes, 700 in Washington Parish and 350 in central Louisiana.
Evacuees - Stay Away
Hundreds trapped in flood waters...
Taking a break - post news in comments
Seeking specific damage information in New Orleans
Live streaming video
Great hurricane Katrina pictures
Thanks to the DC Connection for the link.
Incredible new news from WWLTV.com
Councilman Oliver Thomas said he had received 120 distress calls from people in the Ninth Ward trapped by the storm. He said crews can not get to these people until hurricane force winds cease, the guess for that time frame is about 2 p.m.
Karen Swensen reports that Charity Hospital lost its windows on the 4th floor and that patients are being huddled in the hallways.
Senator Walter Boasso of St. Bernard Parish says there is 12 feet of water in most of the parish, up to the second floor in many homes.
Reports of 3-4 feet of water in Lakeview.
Apartment building on Wright Avenue in Terrytown has collapsed with people inside, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee. Rescue crews have not been able to get to the scene as of 9:30 a.m.
Karen Swensen says there is 3 feet of water downtown near the Hyatt. She reports several office windows coming out whole from buildings.
Update 12:12 PM EDT: CNN Reports from outside the superdome that the membrane that stretches across the roof to help protect it from rain is mostly gone, lots of it is hanging off of the building. Water levels around the building are reportedly receeding which would be a very positive sign regarding the integrity of the pumping structures. Hopefully, I'm accurate in that thought.
Update 10:26 EDT: Brian Williams of MSNBC is in the Superdome, reporting two holes about 7 feet by 7 feet. They are small compared to the size of the dome, and evacuees are moving to other areas in a rather orderly fashion. Brian Williams has reported a "tremendous boom" on the roof, that the wind is shifting and approaching the dome from another direction. Great coverage on MSNBC.
Update 10:17 EDT: http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/29/hurricane.katrina/index.html
Ed Reams of CNN affiliate WDSU reported that the structure has begun leaking as the winds damaged the roof letting daylight and rainwater in the darkened arena.
"I can see daylight straight up from inside the Superdome," Reams reported.
National Guard troops moved people to the other side of the dome. Others were moving beneath the concrete-reinforced terrace level.
New Live Video Stream
Flooding reports - New Orleans
11:49 AM EDT: "Scanner traffic is busy with calls of rising water, including 18 inches and rising against the levee in the French Quarter. Dispatchers questioning officers on the scene, trying to determine if there is a break in the river levee, or if water is pouring over the top. Independently, NOLA has received a flooding alert for the French Market area.Fairly heavy street flooding in front and behind the Times-Picayune . . . water appears about knee deep, whipped by the steady wind into whitecaps and breakers. Water is hubcap deep on the furthest vehicles in the employee parking lot, and rising quickly."
Building collapses downtown New Orleans
"In downtown New Orleans, buildings have collapsed, windows are blowing out of high-rises, and hotel guests are huddling in dark hallways."
Unfortuantely they don't give any indication of what buildings. I'll post more when I find it.
Mississippi gulf coast
Replays of Betsy and Camille with Residents on rooftops
I can't tell you how many stories we have heard of families who keep hatchets and axes in the attics of their houses (or shotguns for that matter) so they could cut out onto their rooftops in the event of rising water. I guess it's starting to happen...
Evacuee's fiance's email
New Live Video
Levee Breach - Industrial Canal
Update 10:02 AM EDT: Levee breach is at Tennessee street on the Chalmette side of the industrial canal. National Weather Service has issued a flash flood advisory, flooding of 3-8 feet expected.
Hyatt Hotel - Downtown New Orleans
St. Bernard parish
Chalmette High School Gym roof is beginning to be compomised, creating problems for those staying at shelter. St. Bernard High School is having similar problems.
Entergy - LA
Best of a Worst-Case Scenario
NHC Advisory 26 A
Grand Isle, LA
The mayor of Grand Isle evacuated to Lockport. He is reporting detiriorating weather in Lockport, and they have been out of power since approx 1:30 AM. Rain is off and on, wind is steady but not gusty.
*For those not familiar with Grand Isle, all of the structures that have been built in recent years (such as city hall) are all about 15-20 feet above ground at the least.