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More Katrina
I know I'm writing about other things, and will probably write fanfic later (there's just no mental place to put thinking about this), but I keep going to the news pages and looking at things, and... G-d. U.S. 10 over Lake Pontchartrain (I think) collapsed. I'm pretty sure we were on that highway in May when I was down at the Gulf coast, and went from Biloxi to New Orleans with danaedark and our friend J. Now it's all under water, pretty much the whole route and most of where we spent the day.

I have faith that the Corps of Engineers will work something out and they'll be able to get the city pumped out and the levees rebuilt--preferably higher--but the devastation that's already occurred... it's catastrophic.
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heatherhobbit From: heatherhobbit Date: August 31st, 2005 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
And they didn't even get what they were expecting. Can you imagine?
danaedark From: danaedark Date: August 31st, 2005 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
US 10 is *exactly* the route we took into New Orleans. I saw a newscast today with a reporter standing hip deep in water, and I realized that I recognized the building behind him -- it was the one with the row of flags flying out front, near the voodoo museum! I'm wondering how the Jefferson Davis museum weathered things, being right there on the beach.
angua9 From: angua9 Date: August 31st, 2005 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I read that the Jefferson Davis museum was completely destroyed.
danaedark From: danaedark Date: August 31st, 2005 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh god, that's horrible!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2005 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I checked it. The house is gutted. That gift shop with the shark's head is gone, too.
danaedark From: danaedark Date: August 31st, 2005 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Where'd you see the report? I've been looking and I can't find anything.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2005 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I went over to Yahoo and searched their news for Beauvoir. This article lists stuff that's gone.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2005 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
And the news just showed that SeaQuarium where we saw the parrots and so on.
danaedark From: danaedark Date: August 31st, 2005 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I did see a newscast on CNN.com that showed where they had moved the dolphins out of the aquarium -- into a hotel swimming pool (which they had filled with saltwater)! The dolphins were fine, so maybe they moved the other animals too.

I'm so sad for all of the people who lost their families and homes. But it breaks my heart to see the loss of all that history too.
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: August 31st, 2005 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
That's what I keep thinking. I've almost felt guilty at feeling so sick, so heartbroken at the lost history when people have lost their lives. But reading that Jefferson's home was so devastated, with the bottom half of the library gutted, I felt literally nauseus. I love history so much, and now so much of our historical remnants are gone.
kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: August 31st, 2005 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
The video from the hurricane's aftermath is astounding. I'm grateful the death toll is not yet 100--thus far fewer than the tsunami, yet in terms of sheer destruction of buildings, economy, infastructure, etc--this catastrophe every bit as horrifying.
cheshyre From: cheshyre Date: August 31st, 2005 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I keep finding myself just compulsively refreshing pages looking for new information.

I had the good fortune to visit New Orleans back in 2002. Wonderful place. This is just heartbreaking.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I went in May. I can't say it's my favorite place I've ever been in, but at the moment, I'm thinking about this streetcorner fortuneteller, and a guy trying to sell something who was giving out hats to whoever the "party girl" in our group was, and the market in the French Quarter, and an iron fence with a cornfield design, and waiting in an incredibly long line to get fried dough, and a friendly tour whose accent made it impossible to understand more than one in three words. And all those cheap feathered masks and t-shirt stores and a teddy bear shop and drinks called hurricanes on the balcony. Biloxi and Gulfport are totally trashed (and some of the sea lions and seals died at the aquarium), but they're rebuildable and the water is receding. Things are just getting progressively worse in New Orleans. I'm worried about the diseases.

I stayed up until 3am watching CNN compulsively, and was up at 8-ish and did it again until I had to leave for work. It was the same after the tsunami and 9/11. I can't seem to stop watching, even though they're running the same stories over and over now. I'm supposed to be gearing up for the finale of our summer reading program at the moment, and I just can't wrap my head around it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

from Violet Azure

Our big area conference is held every few years in New Orleans and I was there last yeat. It's so strange seeing the city underwater. I saw the hotel my friends and I stayed at and the water was nearly covering the front door. I keep thinking about all the people I met in New Orleans and how friendly everyone was and how gorgeous and historical the city is and it's just so surreal to see everything so destroyed. It's just so sad.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

from Violet Azure

Sorry to clog your comments, but I just read everyone else's comments and it made me want to talk with someone else who also saw the city. Since I live in the Northeast, not too many people around here have ever been...anyway, I remember the cats that lived in Jefferson Square and how they would come out at night...Cafe Dumonde...House of Blues...the fortunetellers who read my tarot cards and palm and how they would set up at night...the different cafes...the crazy year-round Mardi Gras and walking around with frozen drinks...how everyone sold every type of beaded necklace imaginable...all the great little places to listen to jazz...the swamps...the historical houses we saw on a plantation tour...it's so sad to think of all that history lost.
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