Sunday, September 11, 2005

River Ridge Update/General Post

Look what I spied down on Midway Dr. this afternoon. I spoke with one of the Entergy guys and he mentioned that power may be coming in a week. They were checking all the lines. Clean-up crews ar also hard at work in the neighborhood picking up debris.

Normalacy is returning bit by bit to parts of Jefferson Parish... it makes my forays into Orleans Parish even weirder.

This next photograph is from Causeway Blvd.

These are two interesting links...

Online Mapping Resource with an interactive map displaying water depths street by street

Before and After Photographs by a French Quarter Resident

Two nice sized posts coming up after this... More pets and a medical update with a company I discovered which is doing truly great altruistic things...


Anonymous Anonymous said...


We have been on your site since before the Hurricane hit and it is great that you have been able to do this and keep everyone informed

Do you know anything about the Zoo Animals?

We are in Australia and have been checking everyhting on the Net and no-one is reporting about the Zoo and the state of it.


8:03 PM, September 11, 2005  
Blogger TAG said...

I can most probably get that information for you tomorrow. One of our vets, as you will see in an upcoming post works for the Audubon Institute. I have heard that the Aquarium of the Americas, which is part of the Audubon Institute, did receive some damage and loss some creatures.

8:23 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Troy look forward to the updates

We do appreciate your efforts

9:17 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from Indiana! Your coverage has been great. You've got a great writing style that I very much appreciate. What did you do for a living before Katrina changed your "occupation"?

You've shown pictures of electric utility trucks a couple of times, but they've always been shots of the front of the truck, so I can't see what company they're with.

I work for Townsend Tree Service. The Gilbert Companies is also associated with us. We've got a lot of employees in LA and MS (mostly MS) doing restoration work. If you ever see some of the trucks, I'd appreciate a picture. A picture of the crew working would be an added bonus! Names would be icing on the cake!! If you get that chance... DLargent at TownsendTree dot com.



11:11 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the person who asked about the zoo animals:

The 2 biggest tourist attractions that housed animals in New Orleans are the New Orleans Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas. According to officials, both attractions will likely be closed for at least a year. The main reason is because of the loss of New Orleans' infrastructure, and in the case of the Aquarium, they need time to replenish their animal population.

Thanks to its location and extensive disaster planning, the zoo only had some cosmetic damage (fallen trees) and out of 1400 animals in its collection it only lost three animals to the storm: a racoon and two otters. The zoo has since sent two of its sea lions to the Houston Zoo and three to Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. They sent 15 animals to BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, including river otters, Asian small-clawed otters and numerous small mammals. A (large) cat was sent to the St. Louis Zoo. Five sea turtles have been released into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium lost most of the 6000 animals in its aquatic collection (including almost all the fish) when the generator failed. In addition, aquarium workers were driven from the facility by violence in the area, so the animals were left to fend for themselves pretty much. I did read that police were taught a quick lesson in how to feed the penguins and a few other animals. Two sea otters and 19 penguins have been air-lifted to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Eighteen birds and some macaws and raptors have been sent to the Houston Zoo. The famous "Midas", a 250-lb sea turtle, has been sent to Moody Gardens. The leafy and weedy sea dragons were sent to the Dallas World Aquarium. And since power has since been restored at the Aquarium, eight large tarpon will remain in their Gulf of Mexico exhibit.

I'm so glad I was able to visit both the aquarium and the zoo in past years. In fact I've visited the aquarium many times. I always nake it a point to visit aquariums when I'm traveling, and the New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas is one of the very best.

5:21 PM, September 12, 2005  

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