September 1st, 2005

N.E.Y.O.

For Those of You Just Tuning In...

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.



= = =  From Someone's LiveJournal = = =



"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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Space Cadet

Update

This is from a guy in the Central Business District of
New Orleans
. He's posting about the situation he saw
while he was out trying to get fuel for his generator
this morning.


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Thursday, September 1st, 2005 -- 11:50 am







Now for some updates:



1. Been too busy to debrief the police officer, so that
will come later. Low priority now.



2. Buses loading people up on Camp Street to take
refugees to Dallas, or so the word on the street
(literally) is.



3. Dead bodies everywhere: convention center, down camp
street, all over.



4. National Guard shoving water off the backs of
trucks. They're just pushing it off without stopping,
people don't even know it's there at first -- they drop
it on the side in debris, there's no sign or
distribution point -- people are scared to go near it
at first, because the drop points are guarded by troops
or federal agents with assault rifles who don't let
people come near them, which scares people off. It is a
mess. When people actually get to the water, they are
in such a rush to get it that one family left their
small child behind and forget about him until Sig
carried him back to the family.



5. Lots of pics coming soon when Sig has time to update.



It's raining now and I guess that's a relief from the
heat. It's hot as hell down there in the sun. Crime is
absolutely rampant: rapes, murders, rape-murder
combinations.



I have really cut back answering IMs. Not enough time.
I apologize people.



In case anyone in national security is reading this,
get the word to President Bush that we need the
military in here NOW. The Active Duty Armed Forces. Mr.
President, we are losing this city. I don't care what
you're hearing on the news. The city is being lost. It
is the law of the jungle down here. The command and
control structure here is barely functioning. I'm not
sure it's anyone's fault -- I'm not sure it could be
any other way at this point. We need the kind of
logistical support and infrastructure only the Active
Duty military can provide. The hospitals are in dire
straights. The police barely have any capabilities at
this point. The National Guard is doing their best, but
the situation is not being contained. I'm here to help
in anyway I can, but my capabilities are limited and
dropping. Please get the military here to maintain
order before this city is lost.
Big Eyed Green Thing

Gas Up

I'm pretty sure gas is going to be in short supply for a while. Here in Austin, it's gone up 75 cents a gallon in the last 24 hours.

I suggest filling up your tanks.
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Got Coffee?

Usless Activity

I gassed up both vehicles and bought a bunch of groceries today. It's not that I'm worried about the weather, it's just that the seams of civilization are beginning to show. And while I'm sure we'll patch them up, I'm feeling a little nervous right now.

We've lost somewhere between 10 and 30 percent of our fuel production capability. That could be a problem in the near future.