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Monday, August 29, 2005

Bad, Bad Katrina

From NOLA.com:
Some people who stayed in St. Bernard Parish were forced up into their attics to escape the floodwaters, said state Sen. Walter Boasso, who heard from local officials that some houses in Chalmette had water rising beyond the second floor.

“We know people were up in the attics hollering for help,” said Boasso, who evacuated to Baton Rouge and was camped out at the state Office of Emergency Preparedness....

Boasso said extensive flooding in the Lower 9th Board and St. Bernard Parish
could be blamed on water going over the tops of the levees.
and:
Portions of the telephone system in metropolitan New Orleans failed about 9:30 a.m., further isolating the city as Katrina's center passed....

Bu mid-morning, dialing into and out of the New Orleans area was becoming increasingly difficult.
The parish by parish alerts can be found here.
In St. Bernard there was a levee breach along the industrial canal.
NOAA regarding Lower Plaquemines Parish:
THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.
Bad. Winds should be blowing 50 - 95 miles an hour and gusting up to 125 for Boomr.


Comments:
Damn. I hope boomr and his folks are OK.

If I find out they made it to Florida and are currently wearing mouse ears in Orlando, I'm going to kill him for not telling us.
 
Yes, he would deserve a whupping. See the next post, and this:
This is the latest from Chief Pat Sullivan in Gulfport, reported by Sun Herald staffer Josh Norman: A tornado was reported in North Gulfport this morning — no further info right now.
The Gaston Hewes Recreation Center is partially collapsed.
"There is water in buildings all over Gulfport Business District (downtown), and glass has been blown out of many buildings.
Waves are breaking NORTH of U.S. 90 in many areas in Gulfport.
A few boats are floating NORTH of U.S. 90 in a couple of areas.
There is water in the Downtown Library."

 
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