Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Well that was interesting.

First of all here is the status of River Ridge (70123)...

Major, major debris, lots of trees down. Flooding - the usual suspects, all now drained. Streets are impassable either because of water yesterday or currently because of major oak trees down. Power poles broken in half fairly common. Power lines generally still up in the air not many on the ground. Most roofs INTACT. No window damage except where trees have dropped onto homes. Soniat Canal was a raging river (still high), but has not come over the banks. That water went somewhere, probably Kenner...

Evacuees have been calling me non-stop. Everyone is furious that all media coverage is of the CBD and French Quarter. But I can understand that. It may very well be a week before anyone can even get here.

Where I am, we are completely isolated, either by old growth oak trees coming down through houses onto the roads or by floodwaters.

The roads are IMPASSABLE. Jefferson Highway appears to be open.

Flooding here during the storm equals the May flood of a few years back.

Utilities other than BellSouth, cellular (though cell fading) and natural gas are unavailable - this includes power, cable, and WATER. Cell and telco lines are extremely difficult if not impossible to dial out, but calls do come in.

Walking the streets is very eerie. The only sounds are of wind and alarms going off in the distance. It's a struggle to walk around with all of the debris and water. After this post and especially tommorrow, I will venture further out on foot and report back. Today I will check out Citrus.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thx for the updates. Keep surviving!

10:51 AM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger jjhouston said...

My cousin lives at 267 Midway Dr.
can you give me a status?

12:31 PM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the details! My aunt is at 180 Hibiscus Place, any idea how that area is?
Sending prayers and strength,
K Daub

1:37 PM, August 31, 2005  

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