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Okay. It seems that my hometown was pretty much spared. There is moderate damage, but the entire area from points east and west of Houma are completely without power. The estimation on when it will be restored - as early as tomorrow to as late as a few weeks from now. Not pleasant. Remember I'm supposed to get married this coming weekend (Sept. 3).

 

SFNO is on the east side of NO. That was the side of NO that caught an unbelievable amount of rain and storm surge. There are stories out that people retreated to their attics because of the rising water. The water kept coming up and they eventually drowned in their attic because they couldn't get out. I think it is safe to say that SFNO is under water. I don't know what the status is of the coasters and other tall structures are. I'll try to find out and let you know.

 

We are heading back to Houma tomorrow. It may be a long time before I get electricity, so I don't know when I'll get to post again. Thanks for everyone's posts and encouragement. I'll be in touch.

 

Dean

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O.K. this is getting VERY sad, wow, New Orleans looks like its had major damage, the city looks like its almost completly destroyed, and the flood waters are still rising

 

It looks like tey are planning to evacute everyone in the entire city

 

 

WOW!!!

 

 

how unbelievably sad

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I'm watching the pictures of the devastation along the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, and the Indonesian tsunami is the only reasonably accurate comparison. The destruction is just shocking.

 

Thoughts and prayers go out to all affected, and particularly to those who couldn't escape hell on earth.

 

Paul

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^ I still think the Tsunami was worse.

 

These people had a choice to leave, but chose to stay. The Tsunami came without warning.

 

That being said, this is really bad. As Crispy said, in New Orleans it's not necessarily the impact from the Hurricane, but the Levy breaking. Didn't Led Zeppelin predict this?

 

Watching CNN today it appears the Levy was built after the last HUGE hurricane in the area, Camille I think it was. But the Levy was only built to withstand a Cat. 3 Hurricane because that was the extent of the technology at the time. So New Orleans was basically on borrowed time, and this was going to eventually happen.

 

What I don't understand is ... the technology exists NOW to make the Levy stronger, yet they just left it.

 

I feel bad for all effected, anybody else see that one guy in I think it was Mississippi that lost his wife and looked pretty damn helpless looking for her. Even the reporter started crying.

 

Sure, you can say "You should have left" but you still feel bad for the guy, he lost his wife because he couldn't hold on to her. I couldn't imagine.

 

And I hate to generalize here, but it appeared, to me at least, that all of the people looting were black.

 

Now look, I can understand you need food, and the stores aren't open. I can almost understand that. But what the hell are you going to do with that plasma TV with no power? Asses.

 

Gregg "Who was pretty much glued to CNN all day today" C.

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Yeah, I have to say I was a little putoff by the "Tsunami" Analogy. I'm sorry but there is nothing similar between the two events.

 

The tremendous loss of life in Asia combined with NO warning is so different than this hurricane...ugh, it really annoyed me.

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^ It just goes back to the fact that American's have an answer to everything ... somehow, it's always worse when it happens here.

 

9/11 ... VERY bad. True.

But let's not forget about the past 30 years of killing in Israel, on both sides. Hell, I even heard some people comparing 9/11 to the Holocaust. Asses.

 

Hurricane Katrina ... VERY bad. True.

But again, not even on the same level as the Tsunami.

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I was watching the news about the hurricane on tv and it showed SFNO submerged under about 8 feet of water. Only thing you could see were building rooftops. Looks pretty bad.

 

BTW, I saw this on Fox News....

 

Katie

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^ I still think the Tsunami was worse.

 

 

 

there is no question, that the tsunami was ALOT worse

 

 

that being said

 

 

This is horrible, the worst natural disaster to ever hit the U.S.

 

and in defense of the people saying that this is there tsunami (mississippi govoner), there really is nothing else to compare this level of devestation to, and also, the media ask those questions to get those types of answers

 

 

New Orleans is almost totally destroyed, almost all the citites between Boloxi MS and New Orleans has been almost obliterated, there really had never been this kind of horror here

 

1 million homeless in New Orleans metro alone

 

I am not going to be complaining about what the public officials compare it to, i think i'll just pray for the people who are still in those area's, whose homes are either flooded to the roof, or reduced to a concrete slab, they have lost everything

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Ive been glued to the news today too.. CNN is doing a very good job capturing the emotion and the devastation there. Its just so surreal seeing everything that has happened and is happening. It's going to be a VERY long time before that whole area is even remotely normal.

 

It was very hard for me to watch those assholes that are SMILING and having a great old time LOOTING from Wal Mart.. It's like you're watching a movie or something but not.. there are really people THAT pathetic out there... smiling about looting a Wal Mart.. Like Gregg said, with food and water.. alright some compassion could be shown for that... but filling up shopping carts with TVs and other crap?!? I hope that they are slowly killed by some disease they catch when they are wading their TVs thru the water. (Of course I'm sure they'd expect the gov't to pay for their med's and stuff too... ironically)

 

Anyways, I could go on and on about that. Why did they decide to build their casino's on top of barges though? That seems like an awfully stupid idea, since I saw one was now ON TOP of a Holiday Inn?!

 

This cant even come close to the Tsunami though. That's a bad comparison like Elissa said. Maybe if a huge wall of water rushed into San Francisco without warning.. that could maybe be compared to it. This is a rough time for the folks down there, but houses are just houses and can be rebuilt, 100,000s of lives werent lost.

 

Its important not to get distracted by all the bad things they are showing on TV. Thank god for the Coast Guard, and Army Reserves, and everyone else down there helping rescue people.

 

Eric

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This is a rough time for the folks down there, but houses are just houses and can be rebuilt, 100,000s of lives werent lost.

 

 

I totally agree, but watching an interview with the Red Cross Spokesman, he was in Sri Lanka, and now is in Biloxi, his exact words are "the only thing that compares to this level of distruction is the tsunami, nothing was spared"

 

so while its a bad comparison, they mean just how destroyed everything is, and not the toll on the public

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yeah, i just turned to MSNBC, and they are showing alot of shots from helicopters, and WOW, there is ALOT of damage, its like a tornado, but everything is destroyed

 

 

no matter what, the Tsunami is the worst natural disaster EVER, woth 100,000 deaths, this is not nearly as bad, but is horrible, and it looks like New Orleans may be history

 

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Thats true, you're right. As far as property damage goes this def. looks like the Tsunami. Did anyone see any of that amatuer video that one guy shot from a parking garage? Talk about CRAZY.

 

Anyways, a little off topic but not worth starting a new topic about. My dad said someone told him today that here in PA, Sheetz (gas station) is paying over $3 a gallon just to get gas. So expect prices to jump well above $3 everywhere. Here they were $2.68 last night and $2.92 this morning.

 

Not that I'm complaining. It was only a matter of time until we got a kick in the @$$. I just hope that the people driving that Hummer and paying $300,000 for a new house that is built in a week arent complaining..

 

Eric

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Well I certantly wouldn't want to continue living there after that. The city will be rebuilt, it will just take a very long time for it to return to the way it was, if it ever does.

 

Luckily I live in an area where the only thing we worry about it fires and fires can be prevented and controled.

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Today, I have seen some new pictures from New Orleans in the German TV news. They told us, the most people don´t want to go back to New Orleans, to live there? That means they will not rebuild the city! Is that really true? That would be so sad.

I don't understand how/why the city was built in the first place. Who's bright idea was it to build a city below sea level anyway?

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Luckily I live in an area where the only thing we worry about it fires and fires can be prevented and controled.

 

 

You live in Cali, you know, Ring of Fire and all that, you have earthquakes.

 

 

 

I lived in Santa Cruz when the 1989 quake hit, we lived about 11 miles from the epicenter, it shook, ALOT.

 

 

I now live in Albuquerque, and we don't really have ANY natural disasters.

 

 

This has turned into the worst thing I have ever seen in my life, I just hope and pray our goverment gets off its hands and gets those poor people out of there

 

I know that they will be sending some of the people who need medical attention to our hospital, I'll keep you posted. I seriously doubt Albuquerque will get any refugees from New Orleans, its just to far away

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I just saw this online thought it was **interesting** (and funny to me )

 

 

But seriously THIS is an interview with the mayor of new orleans about the state of the place and the break down of what they are going thru and I must say...after listening to this I have a different view of the situation and why people are looting and stuff...

 

Jarvis "dang I feel sorry for those people" Morant

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