The story so far...
A category four hurricane hit New Orleans. Friday night it was a mellow
category three. Then, suddenly, Saturday morning it was a category
five. The mayor called for mandatory evacuation. But lots of people
couldn't/didn't evacuate. They set up the Superdome as the main
emergency shelter. Over 20,000 people went there.
The National Weather Service issued such a severe warning that my
sister thought it was a hoax. She e-mailed them about it and they said
they it was real.
The storm weakened to a category four upon landfall and then, on Sunday morning the eye hit New Orleans almost square on.
It did _lots_ of damage, tore up lots and lots of buildings and such.
Parts of the roof of the Superdome blew off. There was some really bad
flooding. Things started to calm down. Then, on Monday, the levee
broke...a hole over two blocks long. The whole city was flooded to the
level of Lake Pontchartrain. Thousands of people were trapped, on their
roofs if they were lucky, in their attics if they weren't.
Conditions in the Superdome were awful. At least two people committed
suicide there. The area around the dome was filling with water. It
stopped rising as the floor of the Superdome started to get wet.
At this point (for the past couple of days), looters are roaming the
city at will. Martial law has been declared. The New Orleans police
department is in a shambles and cops have been photographed looting.
Some cops have been shot. The city is flooded with water mixed with
fuel, rotting corpses and whatever. They are trying to evacuate
hospitals, but people are dieing while they wait. Many shelters and
hospitals have been out of food, water and fuel for days. It's terrible.
After a few days, Bush ambled in from vacation, and is now trying to
look useful. But as a result of the conversion from emergency
response organization to "Homeland Security," FEMA has been gutted. Its
response sucks. The National Guard is desperately needed to restore
order and organize rescues, but instead, Bush's buddies are using this
opportunity to relax air emission standards for diesel fuel (and boast
about it on TV). Now he's telling the people who are running rescues
with their own boats to pull out and let the government handle this.
New Orleans is gone, thousands of people are dieing, and Bush is playing John Wayne instead of Dunkirk.
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"In the CBD (near the area you see so much violence on television) the
survivors had zombie-like appearances. They walked out of chest deep
water… they are dazed, glossy eyes. Some carry bags over their heads
but they all have one thing in common. They looked totally lost and
stunned. There was no one to help or guide them. Cops pass and don’t
say a word. They emerge from the water and just sit there, lost.
Looting in the Garden District
There was been no apparent looting of Magazine shop stores.
Robert’s is totally empty inside from looters. Wal Mart is taking
longer to clear out but there is a constant flow of looters. (I find it
poetic justice that after such resistance to Wal Mart b/c it would put
local stores in danger, it’s turning out that Wal Mart has helped delay
looting of those local stores... hopefully nforcement will gain
control of the situation and spare some of these businesses).
Violence and Destruction
The CBD looks like it has been bombed. Complete devastation with shards of glass and debris everywhere.
Until last night my roommate never felt unsafe. But as flood waters
rise the madness on Canal Street is trickling to our neighborhood where
it’s dry. Last night there was a knife fight on the street corner in
front of my house and he heard screaming like he’s never heard before.
Staying sane, Death Toll and the Avenue Pub
He started a diary to pass the time and plans to document the
experience on HIS BLOG. He also said having two other heartbeats from
the cats kept him sane. The cats seemed very upset during the storm,
but since then they have been relaxed and don’t seem to realize
anything is wrong.
From what he’s heard he predicts 1000+ are dead in Orleans parish alone.
He was drinking warm draft one night post-storm at the Avenue Pub and
ran into one guy plucked off a roof in Lakeview. They lifted him from
his roof and dropped him on a dry patch then moved on. While waiting to
be rescued he heard people banging on their roofs from the inside. They
have no axes to get out."
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