posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 07:20 PM
This is lifted off another message board, written by a resident just NW of NOLA:
This is the situation as I know it. I have multiple friends and family members that have gone in to help including a good friend who's out on one of
our parish boats (sheriff's officer.) Two different vehicles broke down on him on his way to N.O. but he finally made it there Tuesday morning. I'm
not saying everyone had all these problems but think about all the normal little things that go wrong every day and multiply it by 1 million. The fact
that they've rescued as many as they have is quite heartening for me. I imagined much much worse once the reports started coming in.
Communication is very scarce, in some cases zilch, I have not heard from some in days and these are rescue volunteers NOT hurricane victims. They are
trying to get EVERYONE out of N.O. Some are refusing to go, some are so desperate to get out of the hell hole that they are becoming violent when
buses/boats try to leave, transportation out is OVERLOADED so they aren't bothering with those refusing. There are only a few ways out of the city,
as I understand it, over the Huey P. Long Bridge(east bank) by boat (which in some cases that is hard to do) and by air (only a few at a time fit in a
Mixed news is being be reported please don't believe EVERYTHING you hear, CNN is taking the same footage I'm watching locally and manipulating it.
They're messing up the names of places and putting slants on things that if you just watch the raw footage you'll see that it's not true.
There HAVE been supplies brought in but they are gone as soon as they reach the drop point, in a matter of minutes. The amount of effort needed is
beyond huge. In some areas there is no place to drop, even the shelters are now innundated with water, so they are also busy shuffling those people to
higher ground to get out of immediate danger. Shelters that were at one point safe, are no longer. Priorities are constantly shifting and the
resources are spread thin. Things are being done but unless you've been to the city and seen the water yourself it's hard to imagine WHY they can't
get in and WHY it's taking so long. It's not like a lake with even water depths, manuevering is tricky, and even people who KNOW the area are having
problems due to down trees and powerlines under the water.
As for accepting help...I'm sure if Govenor Blanco has been told about it, they HAVE not refused it. Every announcement (and she's done an excellent
job of trying to keep the public informed) has thanked the help and pleaded for more.
Maybe they could've had boats closer but as large as Katrina was they could not have entered the Gulf and there was also another depression that
could've skirted the Atlantic coast or followed Katrina or...it's just too unpredictable. There is the threat of more and still is...Lily hit
exactly a week after Isadore and popped up in the lower portion of the Gulf.
I just deleted this section of my post because I was too high on my soap box but I will say this...please do not judge, people are doing the best they
can, Many are existing on very little sleep and some rescuers with their own personal medical conditions. I have a diabetic friend who I'm worried
about, my husband is also diabetic so I understand these dangers...my husband also wanted to go but is needed here (Insurance.) I'm sure he'll be
out there eventually once it's safe to do so, right now he's too busy at the office answering questions from evacuees.
Rumors are flowing about things that are not happening such as people refusing to help. Tempers are flaring because of the housing situation (you try
living in one of those shelters and see if you don't get upset with your own family much less a stranger) It's melting hot, supplies are spread
thin, comfort does not exist, survival only. I have gone thru a very similar situation more than once but at least we didn't have to deal with the
water. Things will get better, Life will be lost in the process, and this will effect many (including volunteers) for YEARS UPON YEARS to come.