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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, August 29, 2005

NOLA spared, others not so lucky

So Katrina spares New Orleans from its nightmare scenario, but a lot of damage happend there anyway and other states haven't been as lucky: Jim Pollard, spokesman for the Harrison County emergency operations center, said 50 people were killed by Katrina in his county, with the bulk of the deaths at an apartment complex in Biloxi. Three other people were killed by falling trees in Mississippi and two died in a traffic accident in Alabama, authorities said. [...] But it was plenty bad, in New Orleans and elsewhere along the coast, where scores people had to be rescued from rooftops and attics as the floodwaters rose around them. An untold number of other people were feared dead in flooded neighborhoods, many of which could not be reached by rescuers because of high water. Let's hope that wasn't the case. Dave, Ramy, Beth, and every other reader I have from that region that was affected, I hope y'all are ok! E-mail me if you get the chance.


At 8/30/2005 01:11:00 PM, Blogger Jen said...

New Orleans hasn't really been spared. Maybe it didn't get as much direct wind and storm-surge damage, but levees have been breached and the city is flooded, with water continuing to rise throughout the day today. I don't think we know the extent of the damage there yet.

At 8/30/2005 02:53:00 PM, Blogger thewiz said...

Jen, its gettin worse by the hour. Thye have jsut ordered a complete evacuation of the city. With the levy breached the city may saty flooded for months. And it will take more months to resore water, sewage, and power. The city may be evacuated for six months or longer.

This is an dissaster that has no equal.

At 8/30/2005 07:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's only getting worse and by morning very possible that NO as we know it will be relaimed by the lake and the Mississippi River. :( There is a 300' levee break that so far they can't fix and the pumps just gave out.9' of water above sea level is expected.Remember downtown and most of NO is undersea level anywhere from about 8' to 12' (17' to 21') add the nine to that. There are estimated to be about 30,000+ people still in shelters, in the attics of homes,who knows? This is bad really bad.

At 8/30/2005 08:53:00 PM, Blogger Mike SC USA said...

Later, in the downtown area, we also saw what can happen when people have nothing. Looting was everywhere and it was flagrant.

In a city with no basic human services, there is little police can do.

There were scenes here in New Orleans that look like they are from another land entirely. Civil behavior has been suspended.

Tuesday, we found the body of a dead man on the street corner.

For visitors, like Ricardo Mathieu, this was a special kind of horror with no way out of town.

"I'm stranded," he said. "I can't get to nowhere else. I don't have a boat to ride down."
--Brian Williams


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