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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Katrina and the waves

Didn't think that the band that sang "Walking on Sunshine" would end up being the nations biggest nightmare this week. Katrina is currently a category 5 hurricane heading right for New Orleans. It's actually bigger than Andrew, the hurricane that hit the Miami area on August of 1992. It just happened to be the day I had the kids, so I remember it well.

Katrina looks to be even more devistating than Andrew and Camille (1969) because it's hitting a city head on that is actually below sea level. Although the city is surrounded by levees and dykes and a lot of different safety measures to keep Lake Pontchartrain inside it's banks, that just isn't going to be possible with 160 MPH winds. 1.4 million people have been ordered to evacuate New Orleans, creating one of the biggest traffic jams ever. In addition, at least 30,000 people have chosen to stay inside the SuperDome trying to wait out the storm.

Mayor Ray Nagin warned the hurricane's storm surge of up to 28 feet could topple the levees protecting the city, which sits in a bowl-shaped area, and flood its historic French Quarter.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I wish I had better news for you but we are facing a storm that most of us have feared," Nagin told a news conference after reading out a mandatory evacuation order. "This is a threat that we've never faced before."

An estimated 1 million of the area's 1.3 million people were believed to have evacuated, emergency officials in nearby Jefferson Parish said.

Some of those unable or unwilling to flee piled into the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans' enclosed sports stadium. Nagin, appearing on "Larry King Live" on CNN, said by Sunday night about 25,000 people had gathered in the 72,000-seat stadium, which he called "the shelter of last resort."

"This is an unprecedented storm with incredible power," Nagin said on CNN.

Several roads were turned one-way outbound to speed the evacuation and Louisianians lined up at gasoline stations and convenience stores to buy water and other supplies.

The worst part of all this, beyond the devistation to a beautiful city, is that there are oil rigs and oil production facilities right in the path of the storm, which has already affected the price of gas and heating oil. Like we needed more of an increase.

To all of you in the southern part of the country, be safe.
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Blogger Belinda said...

I'm thinking of the Omega Women's Health Center and Hospital in N.O. (technically Metairie), where my life was very literally saved in 2000, and hoping that that beacon of hope for women everywhere who suffer from endometriosis is not lost or damaged beyond repair.

And the people...oh, the fabulous people of this magical city. Donate to the Red Cross, and give blood, people!

30/8/05 1:35 PM  
Blogger Carmi said...

How prophetic this entry turned out to be. If only we could turn back time and make it all better.

11/2/06 11:14 PM  

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