Tuesday, August 30, 2005

An Awful Mess

We've avoided the worst, a situation in which there would have been destruction of an entirely different order of magnitude, but this really is awful mess. Huge parts of the city are up to their rooves in water. The stories of people downtown trapped in their attics or on their rooftops crying for help through the night are horrible. Major bridges and highways into and out of the city are damaged or knocked out. Power may be out for a month or more. This morning there are reports of additional levee breaks, and water in many parts of the city is rising, not receding (for anyone looking for detailed, neighborhood by neighborhood information, the Times-Picayune's breaking newsfeed, http://www.nola.com/newslogs/breakingtp/, is the best source I've found so far). Our neighborhood, Uptown, has, thus far, faired better than most. Of course, we still don't know how this will all play out.

The dining area of our motel is full of anxious refugees worrying about their homes, swapping bits of information, and trying to figure out when they'll get home and what they'll find. At this point, it's impossible to plan the next step. We're just holding tight, gathering information, keeping busy, and waiting.

8 comments:

  1. Francine10:36 AM

    (my virgin blog comment - it's a brave new world)Christian, Viv and I evacuated to Houston late Saturday / early Sunday and are staying with my sister - glad to hear you all are OK and OUT - and that we can keep in touch via your blog - many thanks

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  2. we have to hope that there is little structural damage for our homes and we can rebuild... i'm thinking of you and yours. how are you explaining this to your daughters?

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  3. June is oblivious, just vaguely frazzled by the upheaval of routine. Louise understands the concept but has no understanding of the material consequences. Part of her finds it all very exciting, but she's also at least partially aware of the anxieties of the adults.

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  4. Just to entertain you, I'll pass on that JR, at L'homme qui marche, seeing "lagniappe" in your last entry, decided to look it up. It's not French, of course, but who knew that it's Aztec, by way of Spanish?

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  5. I did not know. Fascinating. And thank you. Diversion and entertainment of any size or sort is a valuable commodity right now.

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  6. And, Francine, glad to hear it. We figured you had headed that way.

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  7. Man. I'm so so so sorry. I feel sick for you guys (and our other friends in N.O.).

    Again, glad that you're all ok.

    That's it.

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  8. out of the frying pan and into the fire, although i'm hoping you guys are on a back burner with no flame. so many problems, but there's a lot to hope for -- looters passed you by, flood waters didn't go that high, no more bad weather from the sky... stock up on groceries before you head back. are you sure you don't want to move to seattle?

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