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Old 08-30-2005, 05:37 PM   #136
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I'm at a lost for words. It's bring back horrible memories of the aftermath of Andrew. I've lived through this and its something we as Americans just aren't used to, which is part of the problem.

The National Guard really has to step it up. They didn't show up in South Miami for a couple of weeks and basically we all lived by our wits, without electricity or water for 4 weeks. Luckily in our community everyone tried to work together, went looking for water in shifts to share, shared whatever canned food there was. We were also lucky my house wasn't flattened, there were plenty of people around us who didn't even have shelter left.

The problem I see in this situation is that the water hasn't receeded, and it seems to have hit the poorer communities the worst, which makes it different and worse than Andrew.

It makes me really sad to see this.
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The impression I get from the news is that this is spread over a wider area than Andrew too .
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Old 08-30-2005, 05:54 PM   #138
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It may not be in the scale of the tsunami, but it is an immediate danger to survival for thousands. Perspective can wait 'til the recovery.
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what makes New Orleans different is that the city is the shape of a bowl, and most of it is under sea level. So when the water breaches the levees its like filling a bowl with water, and there is to room for it to drain. that is why a Hurricane to New Orleans was listed as the third biggest disaster that could happen to the United States.

and now there's more bad news:

Water rising at 17th St. canal

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Ray Nagin has announced that the attempt to plug a breach in the 17th Street canal at the Hammond Highway bridge has failed and the rising water is about to overwhelm the pumps on that canal. The result is that water will begin rising rapidly again, and could reach as high as 3 feet above sea level. In New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, that means floodwaters could rise as high as 15 feet in the next few hours. Nagin urged residents to try to find higher ground as soon as possible.
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They said on MSNBC that they're probably going to evacuate all the people who went to the Superdome, and maybe the entire city of New Orleans. Where are they all going to go?
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they are setting up refugee camps
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they are setting up refugee camps
Have they said how they're going to transport the people?
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Have they said how they're going to transport the people?
yeah im not sure. i do know they are bringing in the national guard to help with the evacuations, so i guess theyll load them up into their big trucks...
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Oh great, msnbc is now saying there might be a prison riot in New Orleans .
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I hope the National Guard gets there soon.
Things are getting sketchy quick.
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Oh great, msnbc is now saying there might be a prison riot in New Orleans .
i have a bad feeling their could be more riots. there has been looting of sporting good stores with lots of ammo missing. a cop has already been shot, they are bringing in the national guard to confront the looters. this has the making of a bad situation.

this is really the kind of stuff you thought youd only see in a cheesy movie, but now its reality, and it seems like hell down there.
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They said on MSNBC that they're probably going to evacuate all the people who went to the Superdome, and maybe the entire city of New Orleans. Where are they all going to go?
I haven't seen the news in a few hours (working) but will try to catch it at the top of the hour. I did hear they were going to have to evacuate the Superdome due to the damage there. So hundreds of thousands of people (in all areas) are not only displaced for who knows how long, they have nowhere to go, no home to go back to when and if the time comes. The news here, at least CNN has been constant coverage. I cannot even fathom the damage & destruction, even watching it on the news. Can you imagine sitting at your computer or in your house somewhere and within a short period of time, it's filled to the top with water? And not to mention the sewage plants, the animals (snakes, alligators...) that may be around, if they survived. It's utter chaos. The death toll will not be like the tsunami, but the destruction is devastating. Mind boggling.

and Chizip - you mentioned them setting up camps. Is there any land dry enough for them to do so, or do they have to keep going north or west to do so? I still cannot fathom the depths of this
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BREAKING NEWS

Reports of shootings, carjackings and looting in the area near the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, a policeman tells CNN. More soon.

Jesus christ...this just keeps getting worse and worse. Usually I'm able to be pretty stoic despite the fact that a lot of bad stuff is happening when there's a major natural disaster, but honestly, today I've felt more than once like just crying. It's like a feeling of hopelessness at seeing an entire city being slowly ripped apart, and helplessness of knowing that I'm up here in Canada, perfectly safe in bed, and not being able to do anything.

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We were talking about the snakes today at work. Where do they go?

Maybe camps will be set up up around Alexandria, the center of the state.
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