Not looking good for New Orleans

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Postby WARP » Sep Thu 01, 2005 8:15 pm

Glad to know your OK Tommy. Are you anywhere near Hattiesburg?

Somehow I have not been able to get good and pissed off about the gas prices for thinking about those poor souls who have nothing left and are really suffering.
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Postby marokero » Sep Fri 02, 2005 1:46 am

Tommy, hope everything stabilizes soon enough around your neighborhood. Like John said, check the shingles so you can patch it before you get a bigger problem like rotted plywood.

About the gas prices, I just filled up today here in NY and it was $3/galon, but it's understandable. Hope we don't get anymore hurricanes this year :(
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Postby Vance » Sep Fri 02, 2005 3:12 am

Hope we don't get anymore hurricanes this year


There in lies the problem, we're only at the half way marker for Hurricane season, and the Houston area traditionally get's hit about this time of the
year. :(

I've already told my mom to have her $hit ready, because I'll be coming to get her in a hurry and heading north.

Our biggest problem is that the Evacuation Plans down here, have me going to one area, and my mom, sister and her husband in another area.
I'll have to be sure to be gone before the order is issued.
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Postby TonyK » Sep Fri 02, 2005 4:29 am

It does help to not be where they want you to be when they want you to be there Vance. :)
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Postby Tommy » Sep Fri 02, 2005 6:08 am

Thanks guys. We still have a lot of people without power and now have a serious shortage of gas. We just don't have any at any price. 2 or 3 stations get a little but the lines are literally miles long.

I am about 80 miles north of Hattiesburg via highway. Probably a little less as the crow flies.

WARP wrote:Glad to know your OK Tommy. Are you anywhere near Hattiesburg?

Somehow I have not been able to get good and pissed off about the gas prices for thinking about those poor souls who have nothing left and are really suffering.
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Postby JoePhoto » Sep Fri 02, 2005 9:09 am

Sorry I missed out on this thread the past few days. I think it's all unbelievable.

I'm glad to hear you're ok Tommy.

As for the looting and such in NO, no wonder why some people stayed! Not that they are poor or unable to move.... makes me sick. Authorities are screwing around with the National Guard while cops are being shot at, all the meanwhile Army Airborne are standing by waiting to be ordered in. Jesus, drop them in to help police tha area. The civic center is gangland. Looters are working with rooftop snipers to keep cops at bay! It sickens me to think about people in this country acting like this... don't get me started.

Copied below is an e-mail sent to a DWF member from a Photographer stranded in NO giving a report from the frontline.

Subject: Re: thoughts and prayers
(Sent 8/30/05)

Thanks to all of you who have sent your notes of concern and your
prayers.
I am writing this note on Tuesday at 2PM . I wanted to update all of you as to the situation here. I don't know how much information you are getting but I am certain it is more than we are getting. Be advised that almost everything I am telling you is from direct observation or rumor from reasonable sources. They are allowing limited internet access, so I hope to send this dispatch today. Personally, my family and I are fine. My family is safe in Jackson, MS, and I am now a temporary resident of the Ritz Carleton Hotel in New Orleans. I figured if it was my time to go, I wanted to go in a place with a good wine list. In addition, this hotel is in a very old building on Canal Street that could and did sustain little damage. Many of the other hotels sustained significant loss of windows, and we expect that many of the guests may be evacuated here. Things were obviously bad yesterday, but they are much worse today. Overnight the water arrived. Now Canal Street (true to its origins) is
indeed a canal. The first floor of all downtown buildings is underwater. I have heard that Charity Hospital and Tulane are limited in their ability to care for patients because of water. Ochsner is the only hospital that remains fully functional. However, I spoke with them today and they too are on generator and losing food and water fast. The city now has no clean water, no sewerage system, no electricity, and no real communications.
Bodies are still being recovered floating in the floods. We are worried about a cholera epidemic. Even the police are without effective communications. We have a group of armed police here with us at the hotel that are admirably trying to exert some local law enforcement. This is tough because looting is now rampant. Most of it is not malicious looting. These are poor and desperate people with no housing and no medical care and no food or water trying to take care of themselves and their families. Unfortunately, the people are armed and dangerous. We hear gunshots frequently. Most of Canal street is occupied by armed looters who have a low threshold for discharging their weapons. We hear gunshots frequently. The looters are using makeshift boats made of pieces of styrofoam to
access. We are still waiting for a significant national guard presence. The health care situation here has dramatically worsened overnight. Many people in the hotel are elderly and small children. Many other guests have Have unusual diseases. They are unfortunately . 'We have better medical letter. There are ID physicians in at this hotel attending an HiV confection. We have commandered the world famous French Quarter Bar to turn into an makeshift clinic. There is a team of about 7 doctors and PA and pharmacists. We anticipate that this will be the major medical facility in the central business district and French Quarter. Our biggest adventure today was raiding the Walgreens on Canal under police escort. The pharmacy was dark and fool of water. We basically scooped the entire drug sets into garbage bags and removed them. All under police escort. The looters had to be held back at gun point. After a dose of prophylactic Cipro I hope to be fine. In all we are faring well. We have set up a hospital in the the French Quarter bar in the hotel, and will start admitting patients today. Many with be from the hotel, but many with not. We are anticipating to dealing with multiple medical problems, medications and and acute injuries. Infection and perhaps even cholera are anticipated major problems. Food and water shortages are imminent. The biggest question to all of us is where is the national guard. We hear jet fighters and helicopters, but no real armed presence, and hence the rampant looting. There is no Red Cross and no salvation army. In a sort of cliché way, this is an edifying experience. Once is rapidly focused away from the transient and material to the bare necessities of life. It has been challenging to me to learn how to be a primary care physician. We are under martial law so return to our homes is impossible. I don't know how long it will be and this is my greatest fear. Despite it all, this is a soul edify experience. The greatest pain is to think about the loss. And how long the rebuild will. And the horror of so many dead people . PLEASE SEND THIS DISPATCH TO ALL YOU THING MA Y BE INTERSTED IN A DISPATCH From the front. I will send more according to your interest. Hopefully their collective prayers will be answered. By the way suture packs, sterile gloves and stethoscopes will be needed as the Ritz turns into a MASH

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Postby Tommy » Sep Fri 02, 2005 9:27 am

Wow. That person's family is here. I live in the suburbs of jackson.

What a horror story. I'm so glad i'm not in there. The whole situation is out of hand. They mayor of NO was on tv a few mins ago basically begging for troops to get his city under control.

The Prez is down there now... I would be there will be a huge turn around there this weekend.
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Postby TonyK » Sep Fri 02, 2005 10:30 am

Here's a link to a blog for someone who stayed in New Orleans because they are manning a data center: http://www.livejournal.com/users/interdictor
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Postby Vance » Sep Sat 03, 2005 7:41 am

So much for being prepared for a major terrorist attack. :(

I've been getting concerned about what will happen with everyone here in Houston should another big storm hit in this area.

Keeping my fingers crossed, and saying prayers for all the victims of Katrina.
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Postby JB » Sep Sat 03, 2005 9:30 am

Ditto Vance. I think this shows our country's true colors of their capability of responding to a major crisis. Just imagine if we had an earthquake in one region, hurricane in another, and some other disaster in another region. The US would turn into something likened to Escape From New York.
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