Watching New Orleans – Gustav

This might be the last day for awhile that New Orleans is dry, after Hurricane Gustav comes ashore on Monday. 

I believe it would be an excellent idea if they would change the interstate traffic to be all outbound.  It’s my understanding that sometimes this is done during a hurricane, when evacuation is required or seems like a good idea (my dad may be along to correct or confirm this later, being an inhabitant of a hurricane-affected area), and the traffic is at a stand-still.

The evacuation effort seems to be loads more organised than before.   The skilled nursing/hospital/mental health patients are being evacuated.   People are reporting constantly on CNN.. even about the affect on fuel prices, since offshore oil rigging provides for a 1/4 of US oil supplies.   When the rigs are shut down, and sometimes damaged, due to hurricanes, the prices shoot up (but our prices may still be loads lower than yours).  

Ray Nagin always amazes me… “Get your butt out of New Orleans..”   LOL  Maybe people will react to this “tough love” sort of statement.    I hope the message makes a difference in the number of people who choose to stay.

New Orleans is shaped like a bowl that lies below sea level.  It’s not good (to say the least) when the bowl fills up with water.   Evidently, the levees are still relatively not in good working order.

I’m hoping for a strong reduction in hurricane class before landfall ….  a tropical storm, perhaps.  It is unlikely, I know, but it doesn’t hurt to hope.   Stranger things have happened.

I visited New Orleans in the 1990’s.   It’s a wonderful place; lots to see and loads of fun things to do.   The only thing that is a waste of time in New Orleans is taking a shower, although I did anyway.   The reason is because the humidity runs into the 90’s or 100% nearly every day (it seemed anyway).   Walk outside, and you’re sweating instantly in the high heat and humidity.    

This is easily rectified by buying a frozen daiquiri from one of the many shops in the city center. (you have to click on that link, just to see the daiquiri machines on the wall…)   🙂    You can walk through the street with alcohol in this city.   Mardi Gras requires that capability.

(fingers crossed)

btw, here is an example of a New Orleans cemetary.   The “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans” happens to be buried here.    See how there might be things floating around later? (unfortunately) 


6 thoughts on “Watching New Orleans – Gustav

  1. Bulldog

    In the years since Katrina, many states have set up the “one-way” interstat highway system. In Virginia, interstate entrances and exits have gates that will keep people from going the wrong way.

    Editorial Comment: Dealing with Tidewater drivers every day, efficient one-way outbound traffic may be wishful thinking.

    Aside from your random idiots, the next larger problem is the slowness of the traffic and the lack of adequate services along the way. Gas stations were running out and restaurants were closing. They simply can’t handle that level of traffic. People run out of gas in the heavy traffic and block the roads.

    It’s not a great process, but it beats the alternatives. The trick is to leave early if you can. We left town during Isabel, and had no problem heading up in to the foothills to Lynchburg, VA. (No, that’s not the Lynchburg where they make Jack Daniels). Luckily, we had no damage.

    Editorial comment: Nagin seems to be doing it right this time. Last time, he hosed up his end, and tried to blame it on Bush.

    Editorial comment::Not that the Federal government did much better.

    By the way, THE DRINK in New Orleans is the . . . . wait for it . . . HURRICANE. It’s the official drink of the city.

  2. lisa

    Yes, I know the drink well. That drink is dangerous, in that it tastes like Kool-Aid and you have no idea how hard it’s hit you till you stand up. 🙂 (or try to)

    I never thought of the gas/petrol thing. That would be enough to freak me out. I don’t do storms and being stuck in traffic simultaneously.

  3. wakeupscared

    I’d noticed that the news everywhere this morning was about Hurricane Gustav – I’ve not been to New Orleans, but I hope that whatever happens that everyone is better prepared this time and it’ll be quicker to recover, with less loss of life.

  4. Lisa Post author

    I think the preparedness is a lot better, and rightly so. With Katrina, it seemed that everyone was fending for themselves in the days leading up to it. It seemed that most of the effort to help people came after, and blame was flying everywhere, while people were waiting on their rooftops to be picked up by rescue workers… and dead bodies/debris (not healthy for the living) were floating about in the water… and in one of the poorest parts of New Orleans:


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