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08-29-2006, 01:02 PM
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Post your Katrina experiences here...
I hope that this is the appropriate forum for such a topic. If it's not, please feel free to move it.

I have quite a few "Katrina Experiences" that I will post as the evening progresses.
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08-29-2006, 09:38 PM
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I spent Katrina in Biloxi about 5 blocks from back bay. It was the longest day of my life and we were lucky ones. The house I stayed at had lots of trees down and chimney pieces gone. I kept listening to the roof creak and groan and wondered if it was gonna be gone.

Had several planned floatation objects "just in case". Luckily we didn't need them. We had a battery operated teevee and WLOX kept us informed and somewhat sane.

After the storm my son and his girlfriend's mother went towards the beach and came back. I'll never forget the look on his face when he said "It's bad" Kind of ashen shock. Later they found a neighbors 90 year old mother crying on her front porch, she treaded water most of the day. She had a little house on the bay and refused to leave it in the storm. They brought her to the house and cleaned her up with water from the swimming pool. I spoke to her for a minute and she wouldn't let go of my hand until they lead her to the house to rest.

I went back to Gulfport where my home was and it was still standing with only the carport busting through the side window. I went down to Hwy 49 and 90 where the Copa Casino and the Gulfport Grand were all where they shouldn't be. Then I tried to keep a sea lion alive for 3 hours until the people came and shot him.

Actually, I'm kind of Katrina'd out today. Sensory overload. But here are my pix:

My Katrina pix

Jeanne - Down around Biloxi
[Image: twister3.gif]
[COLOR="Blue"][SIZE="2"]"We are splashing naked in the water
And the sky is red from off towards New Orleans"[/SIZE][/COLOR]
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08-30-2006, 01:31 AM
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I watched the satellite loops day and night!

[Image: Iago_aladdin.gif]Impending doom takes all the fun out of decadent living!
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08-31-2006, 01:56 AM
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Hey there,

I think I know you from the TigerRoar.com website.....

This is a LONG story, but I feel like re-hashing it.

A few classmates and me had gone to eat at Ye Olde College Inn on S. Carrollton on Friday, 8/26/05 for lunch (we were in school in NOLA).

Katrina wasn't even a topic of discussion, even though I follow cyclones like a hawk. We had passively talked about hurricanes in general....our past experiences with them, etc.

We talked about how we needed more time to study for a major exam we were to take on Monday (8/29). Little did we know how prophetic that conversation would be............................

We returned to our beaming campus adjacent to the Fairgrounds/City Park for another round of lectures....clinic was to start soon, and we were all growing antsy about seeing our first patients.

Class let out about 4pm or so, and everyone headed home to do whatever it was before a party at school and a night out that Friday night.
Many of my classmates didn't even know anything about the major shift west in the forecast track until Saturday mid-day.
I was listening to WWL on the short drive back to me and my wife's house, as I did every afternoon. They were talking up Katrina more than I thought they would have for a Fl panhandle storm, I remembered thinking.

I got home and slowly made it up to the office to check email, etc. I happened upon the NHC's site (as I do at 10 and 4 whenever there's a storm out there), and nearly tossed my cookies when I saw the white cone of error in the 4pm update (as I had seen the panhandle path in the early morning).

I then hurriedly checked the sites I have bookmarked that display computer models, and I nearly soiled myself.
WTH?!
I muttered "Oh $hit." under my breath and immediately called my wife at work.

Her mother, sister, and 2 young nieces were on their way to NOLA to spend the weekend with us. I called them and told them it might be a good idea to perhaps postpone their visit (they weren't driving in from too far away), but they insisted they'd at least come up during the day and see what the forecast would be on Saturday morning and reassess.

Well, Saturday morning came and the forecast got worse for NOLA.
As most know, things became quite frantic at around that time.
I noticed traffic start to pick up quite heavily. The in-laws decided it was best to head back home, and my wife and me started gathering things to pack up to leave behind them.

Well, it was at that point my wife decided to call in to the hospital where she worked *just* to make sure she didn't have to go in.
She did.
*%&$!!!!!!!!!!

We ended up both sleeping on the floor in the living room Saturday night w/ WWL on. I didn't sleep at all.
When I saw how unbelievably powerful that bitch had gotten by that time, I didn't know what to do.
I was numb....emotionless. I don't think I've ever been that petrified before. I'd been through more than enough hurricanes before, but they were always Category 1 and 2 storms, with the strongest I'd ever experienced being a Category 3. My wife was mortified.
Our parents called every hour or so to see if there was ANY way we could get out of having to stay.
That was when I still smoked....I literally smoked about 2 packs that day (I never before smoke more than 1 pack per day). Smile

Well, long story short.....we were both petrified, but arrived at the hospital Sunday evening w/ my SUV literally bursting at the seams w/ valuables, for we were allowed to park in the middle of the parking garage on the 4th floor.
I wasn't concerned about my vehicle at all, and it ended up being ok, thank God.

Sunday night came along and the weather started deteriorating pretty rapidly.
I stayed on my mobile phone w/ my brothers in Chicago and Omaha, as well as my parents and a few friends back home.
I hung out in the parking garage until the rain started stinging, which was about 2:30am or so.

I got about 4 hours of sleep or so, and we woke up to no power/no ac (the A/c was supposed to be run off of a generator, but it blew when it fired up).

One thing we never lost (THANK GOD) was the internet.
We kept wwltv.com streaming all throughout and stayed in touch w/ family & friends via instant messenger/text messages.
We ended up being stuck there about a week, but we had it 10,000x better than the others at less fortunate health care facilities.

We never really feared for our lives where we were....we were one of the only truly safe places of refuge remaining by week's end, it seemed.
We were literally "imprisoned", there, though, by the National Guard and various police agencies.

No one out, and no one in unless it was by helicopter and an emergency.

We finally were able to leave via the Huey P., and got on Hwy. 90 and headed back West toward home.

It was the most relieved I've ever been to be back home.
We ate well that weekend. Big Grin

Our school was inundated, as it was just near City Park, the lake, and the Fairgrounds (Gentilly/Lakeview area), and we were out of school for about 1.5 months.
They finally gave word that we'd start attending classes again here in BR until such time the school could be repaired.
They now tell us it won't be any earlier than September '07 until we return to New Orleans.
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08-31-2006, 11:43 AM
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Hey, man. Yes I am the same person who posts at TigerRoar. ........You're not gonna run back over there and tell folks that I've been hanging around a board owned by a gump, right? ;-)

I'm assuming that you're a dental school student. Do they still have you going to class on a boat in Port Allen???
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08-31-2006, 12:25 PM
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hahahahaha.....

nah.....I've actually been a member here for over a year now.

Yes, I'm in Dental School.
We actually never had classes on the FinnJet boat in Port Allen....we just slept there.

We actually had classes at Pennington (on Perkins) until January, when we moved to a nice spread of property that LSU owns on GSRI Rd.....we have a lot of clinic space now, as well as labs.

It's actually a pretty darn nice place. Smile
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08-31-2006, 12:35 PM
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I had two 90+ year old aunts who lived within a block of one another in Lakeview. (About halfway between the dental school and the lake...) Both houses took at least 12 feet of water. The sad thing is that both ladies were widows and ORIGINAL residents of Lakeview. They lost everything. The good news is that this finally convinced them to move to a retirement community on the northshore.
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08-31-2006, 01:15 PM
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HeeBGBz Wrote:Then I tried to keep a sea lion alive for 3 hours until the people came and shot him.


They shot the sea lion??????/cry I heard they moved him to safety. Now another bad memory to add to the rest.
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09-01-2006, 08:48 AM
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southernbelle Wrote:They shot the sea lion??????/cry I heard they moved him to safety. Now another bad memory to add to the rest.


Actually they shot two. They saved a young one. Sorry about that. It was my most traumatizing event of the storm. But hey, they saved the dolphins...

Jeanne - Down around Biloxi
[Image: twister3.gif]
[COLOR="Blue"][SIZE="2"]"We are splashing naked in the water
And the sky is red from off towards New Orleans"[/SIZE][/COLOR]
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