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Originally posted by worldwatcher
fox has fires in New Orleans now
can it get any worse for these poor people.
Hey, just got back from going to Slidell from Baton Rouge, heres a complete rundown of where i went and what it looked like.
- Signs for I-10 being closed, so got off at the Highway 11/Brownswitch exit.
- Went to check on my friend's house, located in the neighborhood between 11 and Robert Rd. Mass amount of fallen trees, several houses crushed. Had to find alternate routes to get to his house. His parents had returned home and said they had had no water in their house.
- Next got on Robert to head to Gause. Water tower still up. Roof damage to St Margeret Mary Church. 2 downed transformers lying in the road. On Gause, wind damages to many stores, but nothing too severe. Days Inn on Gause ravaged. Racetrack gas station did not explode and i couldn't tell passing by if Outback had caught fire. Turned by Wal-Mart to check my old high-school, PJP, and its still standing. Turned onto Hoover drive, trees covering roads. Men with chainsaws cutting paths for one car to get through at a time. Weave in and out and head to kingspoint to get across town.
- From the watermarks on garage doors, Kingspoint got 3-4 feet of water in their houses. Again lots of fallen trees, making many roads impassable. Citgo station in Kingspoint destroyed. Can't take the service road (too many trees) so cut through new Kingspoint to get to outlet mall. Reports stated that New Kingspoint were completely under water, but from what i saw, maybe 3-4 ft in the houses. Back of outlet mall damaged severely and gas stations near there too. A mobile home display trailer was in the parking lot, who knows where from (only guess is about .5 mile away.
-Procede down Old Spanish Trail - no longer flooded. A few downed trees on OST, but every side road was inaccessable. Get on Ponchatrain (hwy 11) to make our way to Westchester. Wind damage throughout, right side of street (headed to NOLA) was still flooded under good 6-7 feet. Stop by Ace Hardware to check in on acquentances. Got 3 feet in the store itself, which is probably 4 feet off the ground. Dead fish lying on step. Blue shopping center behind Charlie's Barber Shop is decemated. Enter Westchester behind Bank One to check friend's house. Down trees everywhere, his house narrowly avoiding them. 4 feet in the house, carpet covered with mud and who knows what, refrigerator on ground, but 100x better than it could have been and what we were about to see.
- Continue down Ponchatrain, Walgreen's and Ponchatrain Foods look like theyve been looted. A cop in middle of road (first one we've seen in 2 hours in city) tells us to procede at our own risk. Head down 11... wow! Nothing and i repeat nothing left. Port hole's 90% gone. Salvagio's 95%. Everything on right side of road... completely gone and thrown in shambles on left side. Entire house had floated into front yard on other side of the highway. Shaq's & Jack's liquors - gone. TruValue Hardware - walls caved in from storm debris, now filled with it inside. Highway 11 is like an obstacle course from wood and power lines in road. On storage center building on left side of road was the message "SOS trapped in attic." Turn into Eden Isles.
-Entrance filled 20 feet high with debris. First few houses on Eden Isles drive extremely damaged from debris from Highway 11. Roof damage throughout, but not near as bad a reported. Roof of a boathouse lying on top of a boat in middle of Eden Isles drive. Get to my house - street inaccessible by car due to all the mud. Walk to house, still standing. No exterior damage to mine, inside shows 5 feet of water (shot glasses on kitchen counter filled with water). Mud covering floor and living room 6 " deep w/ standing water. All furniture and appliances moved around and flipped over. Card table moved from far corner of living room to near garage door (20 feet maybe) without stacks of chips or deck of cards falling over. Pontoon boat in backyard lifted off 10 ft high out of the water boatlift and left in neighboors yard. All in all 100x better than what I was expecting.
-Unable to get to Lakeshore Estates from Eden Isles due to water, so circle through Oak Harbor to get there. News crews everywhere, boats all on side of the road. 2 new neighboorhoods north of Master's Point completely submerged in water - 10 to 15 feet. Go into Inlets to check on several friends' houses. Water marks around 3 feet on houses, most of which are built quite a bit off the ground. All houses in good condition wind-damage wise with exception of one near the gates who's walls were knocked down.
-Cross over interstate into Lakeshore Estates. "Looters will be shot" spray painted on many boarded up windows. Houses in remarkable condition in regards to where they were located. Only 2 or 3 houses I noticed were extremely damaged, one of which was the rapper Juvenile's house. His $1/2 mil car had moved from his driveway to across the street, where its window had been broken and its inside filled with marsh and straw. Friend's house in Lakeshore in great condition. Maybe 6 inches of water in the house (a house 1/8 mile from lake itself - amazing) but chimney and dock blown away. Attempt to look at other houses until we are chased down by a man asking who we are and why we're there. We tell him and he says the guard at the frontgate (who apparantly missed us) has no reservations about shooting at cars he does not recognize.
-It's getting dark now so we head out of 'dell. Ask a cop where nearest gas is at and he says Sam's Club has a limited supply to give away. Head to Sam's where cops are letting who they want to get gas. 3 people at pumps but we're denied, b/c it's "out of gas." Cop asks my friend when he was gonna fix his headlight (which was busted by downed tree near Robert). Head back to afformentioned friend's house and thankfully his parent let us siphon some gas, and we back head to Baton Rouge.
Let me say the city is extremely short handed law enforcement wise, so for those looking to return to check on the status of their stuff, it is not hard. I saw maybe 15 cops the entire 5 hours I was there, and half of them were at Home Depot and Sam's. Be careful though, there's no traffic signals and the roads have probably been cleared only for single safety vehicles to get through. Good luck to my fellow Slidellians, I hope your homes are salvagable as mine is and that you and your families are and stay safe.
They got here late Sunday night early Saturday morning. They left before the worst hit. But an aunt and cousins husband are not accounted for and feared dead. Another cousin was stranded in his attic for 2 days but was rescued off of his roof in his underwear by a helicopter yesterday. They say he was hungry and sick but he'll make it. He was really traumatized. He said when he was on the roof he saw a lot of dead bodies floating in the water beneath him. He also saw body parts,legs, arms, a human head. The news isn't reporting it but there are thousands of alligators in the water all throughout the city. Those that aren't drowning to death are being eatin alive.I have a brother-n-law working relief and another one that is on the levee board and there is a lot of # they media is not reporting. The looting is off the chain, it's basically a wild west enviornment. Niggas is shootin at the police, the police are looting also. Most of the cops are scared of the citizens. Thousands of people are stranded in hospitals, churches and factories and the media isn't reporting on it. Dry shelters are being overcrowded. There was a sniper on the roof of one shelter shooting at people that were trying to get in last night. The cops shot and killed him.N.O. is below sea level so they don't bury people under ground. They bury them in mozeliums on top of the ground. All of the cemetaries are flooded corpses are floating all over the city. The hard thing for them to determine is which corpses are victims of the flood or from the cemetaries. I could never see my self drinking any water in that city even after they rebuild. They have raw sewage everywhere and now the biggest threat is disease.It's just a #ed up situation. I'll try to keep yall up to date on certain things I hear throughout the week if I get a chance. There is a whole bunch of # the media isn't reporting. I've learned a lot through this process who corrupt the American media really is. They're are basicaly on the governments payroll.
What I'm getting at here is I think this is being played out by the media to be MUCH worse then it is
Originally posted by QuietSoul
This is sick. This is not the Superdome, but 15,000 people are trapped in the NO Convention Center near the Mississippi river.
Reports are coming out that women are being beaten and raped and the city attempted to send 150 police officers to the scene and they were beaten and pushed back.
Just heard this on WKRG live feed
Maybe I was wrong with thinking its not all that bad there..
[edit on 9/1/2005 by QuietSoul]
Originally posted by Ptolomeo
Yes, I agree.
So, why are they still talking about reconstruction? And about three or four months to return to their -- homes -- ?
They should be planning a way to solve the problem of being under sea level or help citizens to start NO on a different and better location.
Don´t you think so?