August 31, 2005
Information on areas in Southeast Louisiana
Rather than extensive posting by me, I have found that wwltv.com has EXCELLENT coverage of all that is going on. They have message boards that is getting information out from the Florida parishes of Southeast Louisiana.
I hope this helps. Go to wwltv.com, click on forums and look for the area you are wondering about.
Pearl River, LA
In answer to the question, "Does anyone have information on the situation in Pearl River LA? I have not been able to contanct my daughter who lives there. Any information would be helpful." The short answer is go to wwltv.com, click on forums, click on the area you are wondering about and go from there. Aside from this site, I have found NO accurate information on St Tammany.
I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:04 am Post subject: RE: SHERIFF STRAIN ON WWL RADIO Reply with quote
I just spent 45 minutes (12 MIDNIGHT – Wednesday morning 8-31) listening to St Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain, on WWL Radio.
I will do my best to give you his summation of the damage.
First, there IS no Infrastructure left in Eastern St Tammany.
No PHONE, LIGHTS, GAS, PHONE SERVICE, CELL PHONE SERVICE,
ICE, WATER, or STORES OPEN!
The Sheriff said he was on I-10 when the wall of water came rushing from the LAKE all the way to FREMEAUX…………..
The major portion of damage was to the Eastern part of the Parish. The eye passed directly over the Eastern Part of the Parish.
BAYOU LIBERY, PALM LAKE – FLOODED.
One House remains on Rats Tail Rd
Eden Isles – Lake Shore Estates – UNDER WATER…………..
Kings Point – Springhill Subdivisions – UNDER WATER TO THE EAVES……
Airport Road……….Minor flooding (4-5 ft) mostly downed trees is the problem in that area.
Hwy 59 Into Pearl River …….littered with trees……….one lane and deputies were cutting the bigger trees in half as they traversed the road
Hwy 11 Bridge is missing bridge components – no traffic allowed –
Twin Spans – DESTROYED
Hwy 22 to Bush was “CLEARED” today……….his Deputies had to take a chain saw and cut trees in half and move them to the side., He described the trip there as one long zig-zag around trees.
Hwy 434 had trees cut today and he says they will make it to the Rigolets on tomorrow(Wed-8-31).
THREE CONFIRMED DEATHS so far.
SLIDELL POLICE DEPT. has to be rescued from their Head Quarters after water seeped into their SECOND FLOOR offices.
He advises that the Parish is in a RESCUE AND RECOVERY mode right now…….
He was very apologetic about the lack of communication but he simply HAD NONE.
He is describing the area as having a total INFRASTRUCTURE MELT DOWN due
to the storm. He said he had considered coming across the Causeway to N.O. to be on
WWL but couldn’t do that because the Causeway has possible damage and D.O.T. has to check that before traffic will be allowed.
Sheriff was calling from the Covington Jail, as they had restored some services there late tonight. He has transferred 300 prisoners to other jurisdictions and will send more when he finds space so that he can get his deputies out to help restore things back to normal.
Sheriff Strain wanted all to know that he truly understands the frustration and anxiousness of everyone to return home but he asked that the public PLEASE STAY AWAY!
The Parish is in a Rescue and Recovery mode (over 300 people rescued as of tonight) and people returning will only HINDER the recovery efforts.
As of tomorrow ( Aug-31st) The National Guard is in place to assist, there are Electric Company Repair trucks ready to roll and the Red Cross will have FOUR(4) stations set up for assistance. He says that the Parish may have lost 1 million trees to this storm.
Lastly, he said that he and Kevin Davis (Parish President) would make a decision sometimes next week as to when residents could return. He said that considering the conditions that it would probably be 7 to maybe 10 days before the call to return could come. For right now ST TAMMANY PARISH IS CLOSED!
I hope this information helps and that you and your family will be safe and sound. I am not going to “Preach to the Choir” but folks…….we can buy more material things and putting yourself and your loved ones in peril because of Bad Nerves is NOT a smart decision……………If it’s gone……….It’s gone………..Be patient, rushing back will only complicate things for you and just let me share with you the enormity and the irony of this disaster.
“When I built my home in Quail Ridge 8 years ago, I knew that there could be possible damage and storms………NEVER did I think that a Category 4 Hurricane would pass through my Family Room and today it has!!!!!!!!!!!
Shocked? Yes! Saddened by the unknown of what we face when we return home? Of Course!
But the most important thing is we were blessed to escape the wrath of Mother Nature and given an opportunity to “Live another day”. Don’t make this any harder than it has to be and may God Bless You………….
THANKS - Bill Houston[/b][/b]
Michigan Avenue in Metarie
Regarding the question about Michigan Avenue in Metarie. Michigan Avenue is on the correct side of the 17th street canal, so it's not flooding from the levee breeches. I also heard on the radio that the water in Kenner has begun to recede, SO IF the water did not reach your home in the first place(which is what all the information I'm looking at tells me), your home SHOULD have escaped the flooding. You need to prepare for the worst though. When New Orleans gets alot of rain, what's your neighborhood like? Do the pumps get the water out pretty quickly under normal rain conditions? Has your house ever flooded? The levees are really being tested because they are full, wet on both sides in most cases, and the authorities can't monitor them as they normally can. If there are more breeches, all bets are off, but as it stands, I believe while you may have had some minor flooding in your neighborhood, your home should have remained dry.
August 30, 2005
Uh...what just swam by?
I'm listening to a radio station out of Baton Rouge that has been reporting non-stop since the hurricane on the goings-on in New Orleans. Well, one of the radio guys says, "Ya'll ain't gonna believe this...we now have reports of bull sharks in the floodwaters in New Orleans". Okay, snakes I can understand, rats I can understand, but sharks? Yep, that's where I'd draw the line...no more wading for James...and keep your fins to yourself thank you very much.
Residents of Jefferson Parish will be allowed back into the parish on Labor Day. This date is subject to change, but this is the current plan. There is no word on Orleans Parish as of yet.
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Governor Blanco just declared Martial Law in New Orleans.
News from New Orleans
It wasn't even a direct hit on New Orleans, and you all have seen the videos and pictures of what it looks like. I don't even know how to express what I'm thinking about all of this. Can you imagine what New Orleans would have looked like if the storm had gone 15 to 30 miles more to the west? I doubt the Superdome would still be standing. We are getting all sorts of scattered reports down here...it's hard to tell what's fact and what's rumor. Here's what I do know:
The local authorities are not allowing any residents back into New Orleans. One reason why is that I-10 between La Place and Kenner is underwater. There is a line of cars on I-10 trying to get into New Orleans, the State Police have stopped them in La Place and are trying to convince them to wait about a week, you can imagine how that's going.
The water in New Orleans is still rising due to the levee breaks along the canals.
There is an oil tanker that has been run aground and is now leaking crude oil.
Interstate 10 between Slidell and New Orleans is down. Remember I-10 in Florida last year? Same thing.
The causeway between New Orleans and Mandeville is damaged.
The twin span in New Orleans is damaged.
Belle Chase tunnel is closed.
100% of the homes in Kenner, LA are damaged.
There are reports from reputable sources of bodies floating in the waters in and around New Orleans.
Jefferson Parish roads are either underwater or covered with debris.
St Tammany Parish is closed to all trying to get in. It got hit REALLY hard. Again, none of this is confirmed, but reports are of high water, downed trees, and total destruction of some/many homes and businesses.
Slidell is as bad or worse.
Biloxi and Gulfport look like a war took place there. Some of the casinos have been relocated by the wind and waves. One is turned over. Hwy 90 is underwater. If you walk from the beach north to the railroad tracks, EVERYTHING is destroyed or severely damaged. There is sand where there isn't supposed to be, etc. My wife's cousin called us last night to give us this report.
If any of you know anyone that is even thinking of heading back, please convince them otherwise. There is no electricity, no food, no water...what are you going to do when you get there? Don't be a burden people, stay away until the authorities give the all clear.
August 28, 2005
And here she comes
I just heard a lady on television in New Orleans say, "It doesn't seem any different than a bad thunderstorm just yet, we're hoping it doesn't get too bad".
Cat 5 does this:
1) Blows down trees, shrubbery, signs(anybody ever seen a bush or tree ripped out of the ground by the wind?)
2) Complete destruction of mobile homes.
3) Severe and extensive window and door damage
4) Roofs severely damaged or blown off
5) Catastrophic structural damage
This storm is currently moving north/northwest at 11 mph. She is over 230 miles wide(with hurricane forced winds). This means she will take approximately 21 hours for the south tip to pass the same point the northern tip passes. TWENTY ONE HOURS!!! Can you imagine 21 hours in 155 mph+ winds? And water? I've built a few things in my life, but nothing that would last 10 seconds in that sort of wind.
No ma'am, I think you can "hope it doesn't get too bad" all that you want, it's going to be bad. It's going to be very, very bad.
Have any of you ever seen a car wreck happen? Anyone ever been in a car wreck? I've seen them and been in them, and it's amazing how everything slows down when there is no avoiding it. You just watch it all unfold and can't look away. That's what it feels like with Katrina right now. The weather folks in New Orleans keep reporting that the storm is going to turn north and bypass them...you can hear them almost imploring the storm to miss it. My heart hurts for those that are in it's path. It's going to be bad. Don't think so? Here's why I suspect this one is going to be the "big one".
1) 3,000 Tree cutting employees are stationed in North Mississippi and Louisiana
2) 2,500 Electrical restoration experts stationed in North Mississippi and Louisiana
3) 4,000 National Guardsmen have been activated to deal with looting
4) US Army Corps of Engineers has brought in explosives experts in preparation to have to blow the levees around the city to let the water out
5) Fire Departments and Police Departments and all emergency services in New Orleans have pulled out of the city until after the storm passes
6) The Red Cross has left New Orleans
It's going to be like something none of us have ever seen.
August 27, 2005
Wow, Katrina traffic!
Well, on our way home today from mowing lawns we went to get on Interstate 49 today...and it looked like there was a hurricane evacuation going on...well, I guess that's because there was. There were THOUSANDS of cars going north to get out of the way of the path of the storm. I was quite encouraged to see many of them stopping at local hotels, feeling safe enough getting here and stopping is a good sign. Anyway, it's funny to see some of the things tied on top of cars and to the backs of vans and such...like a swimming pool...uh, afraid there won't be any water where you're going? Or how about the plywood tied to the back of the jeep? No, not full sheets like you buy at Lowe's or Home Depot, just a lot of pieces about 2 feet wide by 4 feet long. What's up with that? I guess they could be locals planning on boarding up some 2 X 4 foot windows, but it looked strange. How about the people pulling the trailer with the satellite dish on it? Hokay....ever heard of cablevision at a hotel? Well, the boys and I just got on the frontage road and idled onto the house, did 2 more yards here, went swimming, ate supper with the whole family(Candice's mom is over here, Candice had a baby shower last night and her mom came for that), cleaned the dishes and kitchen and then watched a Harry Potter movie. And so goes our day of hurricane preparedness...
Don't worry, all the important papers are ready and the gas tank is full. Clothes are ready as is medicine. Hope it avoids us nonetheless.
And I used to think Katrina was such a nice name.
So, she's now a class 3 and still hasn't decided where she's going. I've been watching the computer models and 5-day forecasts on the net since Thursday and I'm solidly convinced that they don't have a clue what this storm is going to do. Right now, it's supposed to make landfall on Monday morning south of New Orleans. New Orleans...wow, what if a strong hurricane hit New Orleans? Can you say "Tear it all down and start over"? I've been hearing for years that eventually, N.O. is going to get hit by a BIG one and it will be it's demise. For those of you that don't know, New Orleans is built like a big saucer and sits below sea level. When it rains in New Orleans, it takes hundreds(over a thousand actually) of pumps to get the rainwater out of the city. Well, a storm surge by a slow moving category 3 or above will potentially "pick up" the water from Lake Pontchatrain and the Mississippi River, carry it over the seawalls and drop it inside the city. This would put all of the pumps underwater and shut them down. Now, no water gets out and the city literally fills up like a huge bathtub. I don't like a lot of the stuff that goes on in that city, but I wish this on nobody. I hope it doesn't happen.
Kudos to the little Cajuns
Well, the Lafayette Little League's bid to reach the World Series was ended on Thursday evening, but they made one heck of a run! It was a lot of fun to watch them come from behind in game after game, earning them the nickname of "cardiac kids" for their habit of waiting until the end to pull out a win. I got to watch the last 1/2 inning on Thursday night and was pulling for them to do it, but it wasn't meant to be.
Hold your heads high boys, we're all going to give you a great big "ATTABOY" this weekend at a parade in your honor here in Lafayette! You did yourselves and Louisiana proud!
August 19, 2005
Where does it all come from
The nesting instinct has struck here. I've been carrying out BAGS of stuff to drop off at the mission every morning on my way to work. I've filled up my pickup more than twice so far and still she finds more stuff we don't need. Where does she find it all? I concur, we definitely don't need it, because I don't recognize most of it, but I can't imagine after as much stuff as we threw away when we were moving down here that we have anything left to throw away! We have found alot of old pictures we thought were gone and those we kept. I'm amazed though, where all this stuff comes from...and if I have all this stuff I don't use, what keeps happening to one sock out of every pair I own?
Dad and his boys
In case you don't know it by now, I mow lawns in addition to working at the pediatrician's office. I've picked up quite a few and am currently picking up some more. It's getting to the point now that I don't have too many "free" afternoons or mornings(yes, before and after work) to do other things. I really appreciate the work my sons do to help me. Will and Stephen can both run the weedeater which is a pretty big deal because it's a commercial trimmer, not some little homeowner model. Will can start and operate the Gravely which quite frankly, impresses the bejeebers out of me. Stephen is our designated waterboy and stick picker-upper. Oh, he'll jump on the sulky with me and ride along behind the Gravely for a while, but as often as Will and I are hollerin' for water, he spends most of his time taking care of our hydration requirements. Anyway, the time it takes me to do a yard is cut in half when they are with me. I pay them a little for their work as well and they so look forward to that. It makes my heart swell when I see them putting their tithe in the plate on Sunday mornings. What started out as just a way for us to make a little money on the side has turned into a real life training tool for my sons and I. We spend more time together than if I was working a part time job somewhere, I get to teach them what I know(which I don't doubt, isn't much), and we always find something to laugh about together. Jane Beth begs to come with us when we go and pretty soon she's going to be allowed to come along as well(the weeds in those beds had better watch out).
Earrings on "guys"
Okay, maybe I'm old fashioned, but earrings on males simply aren't acceptable. When I see them worn by males, I think back to books I read growing up and movies I saw that had men wearing earrings. They were either pirates or pagans. The characters they played weren't to be trusted and generally were the bad guys in the movie. I know, don't judge a book by it's cover, and I'm not, but anytime I ask one of these "guys" why they are wearing their earring they can never give me a truly good answer. For instance, if I ask them, "Why are you a football player", they tell me they play football because it's fun, or because their dad played and they want to be like their dad, or because they love the sport and want to experience it. I've yet to ask one about his earring and not get some answer other than "some friends thought it was cool" or "so and so on tv wears one" or my favorite "My favorite music artist wears one". I know, some of them are great people, I just haven't met them yet.
Lose the earrings fellas, you're not really impressing anyone. I want to get Clint Eastwood's character from Heartbreak Ridge and turn him loose on these dudes.
Did ya'll hear about the American warship that was almost hit by a missle today? First, I'm very thankful it missed, but has anyone besides me wondered how someone firing a missile at something that BIG could miss? That speaks volumes(in my opinion) about the type of idiots doing the shooting. I mean really, I can understand not hitting the exact spot you're aiming for, but a total miss?
I think those terrorists need to keep recruiting the same bad shots. Even better, they need to recruit the kind of idiots that think the barrel of the weapon goes against the shoulder.
August 13, 2005
The Great Raid, my view
This movie is worth seeing and furthermore, worth seeing on the big screen. Dale Dye is the military advisor(he was the advisor in Saving Private Ryan as well as a bunch of other military movies...he's very good about making them get the details right) and aside from him, I didn't recognize a single name in the movie. It struck me as someone wanting to do a movie without any more hoopla than the men involved in it likely felt at the time. It was very, very believable, from the reactions of the men that had been locked up for 3 years, to the sounds of the bullets being fired during combat. I was never under fire during my service but we took part in live fire exercises in which you are advancing on a position "underneath" live rounds that are going just a few feet over your head...it was enough to make me want to lose control of certain bodily functions and those bullets weren't ever aimed for me. The movie started out slow, told you what the situation was, what the goal was and then it took you through the execution of it. Very realistic, yet, not too much realism. It reminded me a little of the old WWII movies where you see the guy shot and go down but not all the extra stuff(bodily fluids and parts) flying out like some movies think need to be done. Don't get me wrong, a little of that is acceptable and perhaps necessary, but please...not all the time. It was rated R because it was war, but I think it could have easily gone PG-13(I just looked at the imdb website and it says it's PG-13, but my ticket says R)...not that I understand the rating system. I saw this with a friend of mine and we both left the theatre feeling like we had seen a very accurate depiction of a true story, one that was worthy of us telling our friends about. Today, that's saying something.
The Great Raid...go see it.
August 12, 2005
The Great Raid
A buddy of mine are going to see this movie tonight and I am really looking forward to it. I looked at the critics' opinions of the movie and they thought it was okay overall. What do they know though, huh? I mean, do we really need a bunch of Hollywood types telling us whether or not a war movie is any good?
Just so long as there's lots of explosions...
Did ya'll hear about the guy that went to board the plane and they found the pipebomb in his knapsack? He said he forgot he had it there...okay....I bet the judge is going to believe that. I mean, really...who builds a pipe bomb for the fun of it? Sure, I know a few people that "probably" have done such a thing(years ago, not recently...and they discovered quickly that doing such things was VERY DANGEROUS, even for just taking down a tree), but even they have the good sense not to bring it to the airport with them...at least I think they do. Anyway, this guy should have stayed home yesterday...bad move, dude.
August 09, 2005
I love Country Music. I think it's the best type of music out there. Oh, I know, some of the stuff that they sing about is not acceptable, but all in all, it's the music I listen to the most. As one song says, "It's songs about me". Not a day goes by that we don't hear songs about family, friends, the Lord, patriotism, and tear jerking situations that other music genres can't, won't, or simply don't address. So, turn down your urban, pop, and metal and turn on some country occasionally.
I'm on my way into work this morning and I go to pass this slower moving vehicle. Well, as I get over, this Suzuki Samurai comes tearing down the left lane and he's honking his little horn like he's going to run me over. I pass the vehicle I'm passing and I get over. Suzuki boy pulls up with his passenger window down and yells for me to get my big ass truck out of the way. I hollered back that he needed to get a real truck and not something teenagers drive.
I don't think his girlfriend/wife was very impressed with his behavior.
August 05, 2005
The measure of a man
I just got off of the phone with a man I respect VERY MUCH. He has given me advice over the years, he has scolded me, and he has praised me. He's not my dad, but he talks to me as if I were a son. When I talk with him, I typically do more listening than talking, but that is mainly because he has good information that I both need and want to hear. I could hear the joy in his voice when I told him of how God has blessed us here in Lafayette and that meant alot to me. When I got off of the phone with him, I found myself thinking of the men I know that I put in the category that he is in. I call this the "I'd want him in the foxhole with me" category. When I was in the military, we would have to dig 2 man fighting positions, called foxholes, and you and one other soldier lived in that for however long the exercise was. Well, you don't want someone in there with you that's not going to watch your back, or be afraid to say what they think, or afraid to act when action is necessary. You want someone that thinks of more than just himself, because while one of you sleeps, the other one must stay awake. My friend is one of these men. I consider it the highest compliment I can pay a man to say this about him.
August 04, 2005
Public Service Announcement
Okay people, your answering machine(or voicemail) greeting needs some work. When people call you, they don't want to hear an example of your lack of taste in what you call music, nor do they want to listen to you trying to sound cool. It's a greeting. Tell us what number we've reached and POLITELY ask us to leave a message. Do not say "Yo dog, be leaving me the low down on what you bothering me 'bout so I can see if you are down with that"! It sounds STUPID! People don't think you're cool! Please get it through your head!
You may now return to your irregularly scheduled surfing...
August 03, 2005
So, I bought this commercial mower last year, used, but with a brand new engine(2 yr warranty). Well, last Thursday it died. I limped it up onto the trailer and took it in on Friday morning. I expected to get a loaner while my mower was being repaired, so I left word with the person in charge of that section to get me a loaner because I had yards that needed doing that afternoon. Nobody called. I called to check on my mower and my loaner and was told that I'd be called back. I had to call back 3 times to find out I might get a loaner on Saturday. No phone call on Saturday. I called first thing Monday morning and was told my engine had failed due to "improper maintenance". Let's just say I've never had an engine of any kind that I didn't take excellent care of.
Well, the gentleman told me to come and pick up a loaner(he let it slip that it'd been in his warehouse for a couple of months...oops, thought you didn't have any to loan me fella) which I did. I could tell it was a loaner for a reason...it'd been rode hard and put up wet, but who cares, I can do my lawns, right? Wrong, no sooner do I get it off the trailer then the left spindle strips out...ugh! I manage to mow one yard, it takes me 2&1/2 times longer than it should because I'm wrestling the machine the whole time due to it only driving with one wheel. I take it back in on Wednesday and the gentleman I've been talking to that won't return my phone calls tells me they aren't going to warranty my engine. I handed him a letter that I had emailed him earlier which, as suspected, he had not yet read. I then ask to wait so that I can talk to the owner/president of this establishment. Now, the gentleman I've been talking to has been courteous and professional, it's just the lack of customer service that has me very frustrated. Well, the owner shows up, but he doesn't come and get me from the sales area, I see him walking through so I intercepted him. I told him who I was...it took him a moment to put it all together, understandable since he sold me the unit over a year ago, and we commenced to discussing why he should replace my engine. Without going into all of the details, I kept my cool when he said I'd have to pay for the engine and we ended up in his office talking in private. I had to keep reminding him to look me in the eye when he was talking to me, which he finally did and had to be reminded no more. I told him I was buying a competitors business very soon and that business currently used equipment and parts bought from this dealership. I told him if, as a customer, I felt I was being treated poorly, I would take my business elsewhere and would tell all my friends when asked why I was no longer doing business with him. He said he was not going to buy my business. I told him that he didn't have to, he already had my business, but he was well on his way to losing my business. Well, after about 20 minutes of each of us arguing our case, I told him I had to get back to work and reitterated I couldn't afford to pay $900.00 for something that wasn't my fault. He told me he'd call his rep again and then would call me back. I left figuring I'd be getting my equipment from someone else from now on and figuring I was going to have to find another commercial mower. I was some kind of upset, too...I didn't think I was getting the engine and I was mad about it. I've changed the oil in this engine everytime I'm supposed to, cleaned the air filter after each day's mowing(which is more often than you had to) and have basically taken excellent care of it. So, I'm thinking, "This is what I get for taking care of something they sell me"? Why bother dealing with them anymore? I also was getting all of my information together to give to an attorney so I could get this eventually taken care of. Well...all that "you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar" finally paid off. The owner/president called me back and told me that they were warrantying my engine and I could pick it up that afternoon. I was shocked. I couldn't believe they did it...they had fought it so hard. I was very pleased...and very thankful God so chose to bless us that way. It was one of those times I really didn't know where the money was going to come from.
I took my little girl fishing on Sunday afternoon. We didn't catch alot, but she had a marvelous time. She thought it was the greatest thing in the world, just her and Daddy out there fishing. I must tell you, to be looked up to by my kids as I am...it's very humbling. I remember just loving spending time with my dad, just the two of us. Now that my kids are doing that with me, it's beyond description, the feeling that it gives me.
Ever had boudin for breakfast? I just did....mmmmmmm, you talk about good! This boudin is so good it'll make a rabbit fight a dog!
Ya'll don't know what you're missing...you need to move down here.