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    For anyone who has missed it and assumed the worst had passed... A day after Katrina and conditions are actually worsening in NO and the area. Levee breaks and rising water are now a problem on top of the damage. Damaged and flooding roads are limiting access. Gas leaks are now a problem. Water is not sanitary.

    Living conditions (for thousands) in the Superdome are deteriorating. No AC.

    3,000 pound sandbags are being used to try and close a break in the levee at the 17th Street canal.



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    I will start by donating $500 personally, and I have contacted Purdue University and Eli Lilly, see if we can get a fund raiser going.

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    Search starts for survivors and dead in Miss. after Katrina

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    GULFPORT, Miss. - Rescuers in boats and helicopters searched for survivors of Hurricane Katrina and brought victims, wet and bedraggled, to shelters Tuesday as the extent of the damage across the Gulf Coast became ever clearer. The governor said the death toll in one Mississippi county alone could be as high as 80.

    Power was out to about 800,000 customers statewide, according to officials of electric companies and rural power associations.

    "The devastation down there is just enormous," Gov. Haley Barbour said on NBC's "Today" show, the morning after Katrina howled ashore with winds of 145 mph and engulfed thousands of homes in one of the most punishing storms on record in the United States.

    Barbour said there were unconfirmed reports of up to 80 deaths in Harrison County - which includes devastated Gulfport and Biloxi - and the number was likely to rise. At least five other deaths across the Gulf Coast were blamed on Katrina.

    Barbour and emergency officials were to tour the coast later Tuesday.

    "We know that there is a lot of the coast that we have not been able to get to," the governor said. "I hate to say it, but it looks like it is a very bad disaster in terms of human life. The beach is essentially destroyed on the coast."

    Officials said as many as 30 people died at the Quiet Water Beach apartments. The only evidence of the apartments is a concrete slab. Red bricks which were once its walls are scattered around the area, which is located just across U.S. 90 from the beach. In the debris is a crushed red child's play wagon, jewelry and clothing.

    Behind the slab, a wall of debris is washed up against homes. The nearby U.S. 90 is buckled and covered with debris - twisted boards, pieces of wall, bricks and the possessions of those who lived there.

    People are digging through the rubble, looking for any possessions that survived. One man in military dress wouldn't give his name but said he had escaped. He picked up a kitchen fork and said: "There's one of my forks." He shook his head and walked away.

    Joy Schovest, 55, was in the apartment complex with her boyfriend, Joe Calvin, when the complex began to fall apart in the rising waters. She broke into tears as described what happened.

    "The water got higher and higher. It pushed all the doors open and we swam out. We grabbed a lady and pulled her out the window and then we swam with the current," she said. "It was terrifying. You should have seen the cars floating around us. We had to push them away when we were trying to swim."

    Her daughter, 30-year-old April Huffman, embraced her as she began crying.

    Joy Schovest said: "The cell phones don't work and I know my family thinks I'm dead."

    She wouldn't discuss why they stayed despite mandatory evacuation.

    Katrina was downgraded to a tropical storm late Monday. Southern Co. officials said power was out to all of its 195,000 customers in south Mississippi served by Mississippi Power Co. Farther north, Entergy Mississippi officials reported power was out to 260,400 customers.

    The Electric Power Associations of Mississippi said power was out to about 400,000 customers throughout the storm damaged area from the coast to north Mississippi.

    Jack Crochet, 56, Biloxi, walked down a buckled and sand-covered U.S. 90 Tuesday carrying a bottle of champagne. He shook his head, looked at the debris and said: "This is all that's left of my house."

    Crochet weathered the storm in his home near the beach in Biloxi. His home also was near an apartment complex where dozens of people were believed to have been killed.

    "We thought everything was going to New Orleans," Crochet said. "I've been through Camille and Betsy, but this storm surge here, when it came in, it looked like a tidal wave.

    "There's just nothing left," Crochet said. "It's never going to be the same. It's over."

    Also in Biloxi Tuesday, 30-year-old Paul Merritt surveyed the damage with his 18-year-old wife, Carla, and their 3-month-old son, Brandon. He said the water rose to the second story of his town house, which is less than a block off the beach.

    "I've never seen destruction of this magnitude," Paul Merritt said. "You see this stuff on TV and you hope that it never happens to you. Everything's gone. Our pets are dead. The water got up to the second level of my ."

    His 25-year-old brother, Jacob Merritt, said the roof was ripped apart in his apartment complex in Biloxi. He sat in a cinder block Tuesday in the rubble of a beach-front hotel, Star Inn, and clasped his head in his hands. He said he had pulled out 12 people from a building during the hurricane, and he believes they all lived but had minor injuries.

    After the storm, "there was a lot of looting going on," Jacob Merritt said. He said he saw people stealing beer and cigarettes from the Circle K convenience store.

    Tree trunks, downed power lines and trees, and chunks of broken concrete in the streets hampered rescue efforts. Swirling water in many areas contained hidden dangers. Crews worked to clear highways. Along one Mississippi highway, motorists themselves used chainsaws to remove trees blocking the road.

    More than 1,600 Mississippi National Guardsmen were activated, and the Alabama National Guard planned to send two battalions to Mississippi.

    Teresa Kavanagh, 35, of Biloxi, shook her head is disbelief Tuesday as she took photographs of the damage in Biloxi

    "Total devastation. Apartment complexes are wiped clean. We're going to rebuild, but it's going to take long time. Houses that withstood Camille are nothing but slab now," she said.

    The Hard Rock and Beau Rivage casinos took severe damage.

    There is debris all around Beau Rivage and the neighboring, Windjammer Condominium's bottom floors are completely washed away. All that remains of the Sun Tan Hotel is the toilets.

    Katrina's tidal surge damaged major bridges to three coastal counties, including those linking Biloxi with Ocean Springs and the connection to Bay St. Louis.

    The storm swept sailboats onto city streets in Gulfport and obliterated hundreds of waterfront homes, businesses, community landmarks and condominiums.

    The concrete Eight Flags display marking the historic Gulfport-Biloxi boundary - a signature of both coastal communities - was gone.

    A foot of water swamped the emergency operations center at the Hancock County courthouse - which sits 30 feet above sea level. The back of the courthouse collapsed under the onslaught.

    In Biloxi, the mayor's office said the storm's surge put at least five casinos out of commission. Treasure Bay's pirate ship was beached. Beau Rivage still stood, while Hard Rock Casino - scheduled to open in early September - was half destroyed.

    Hard Rock's signature guitar, touted as the world's largest, survived the lashing.

    Barbour warned evacuated residents to stay away, saying most could not get to their homes, anyway.

    "It will be unsafe to return to the coastal area for several days," Barbour said Monday during a televised news briefing in Jackson. "Be patient. Don't be in a hurry to go back."

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    NO is now trying to evacuate people who stayed behind. The circumstances are worsening and they say the city will no longer be able to sustain life. Bodies are said to be floating in the water.

    While originally thinking they escaped their worst fears and worst case scenario, that is no longer the case. The mayor is saying it is worse than they ever imagined. The flooding didn't happen immediately but is happening now. Reports are the water is waist deep near the Superdome (which is a shelter for thousands).
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    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The historic city of New Orleans was steadily filling with water from nearby Lake Ponchartrain on Tuesday after its defenses were breached by the ferocity of hurricane Katrina.

    With the floodwaters rising in many areas, threatening the French Quarter, residents were plucked from the roofs of their homes, bodies were seen floating in the streets and rescuers searched the city in boats and helicopters.

    "We probably have 80 percent of our city under water; with some sections of our city the water is as deep as 20 feet. Both airports are underwater," Mayor Ray Nagin told a radio interviewer.

    New Orleans, a city that usually throbs with the life of its carnivals and the sound of jazz and blues, was in a "state of devastation," Nagin said.

    In many residential areas TV pictures showed the water was up to roof level after the surge caused by Katrina breached a section of the levee along a canal leading from Lake Ponchartrain, which looms to the north of the city.

    Much of New Orleans, a city of some 500,000, lies in a bowl below sea level, bounded by the lake and the Mississippi River, North America's biggest river, which curves along the south of the city before discharging in the Gulf of Mexico.

    "We always were afraid the bowl that is New Orleans would fill quickly," Walter Maestri, emergency management coordinator for Jefferson Parish, said in a radio interview. "Now with the water rising today, it appears to be filling slowly," he said.

    "The water is rising so fast I cannot begin to describe how quickly it's rising," Tulane University Medical Center Vice President Karen Troyer-Caraway told CNN. "We have whitecaps on Canal Street, the water is moving so fast."

    The downtown hospital was surrounded by 6 feet of water and considering evacuating its 1,000 patients.

    SCENE OF DEVASTATION

    "The devastation is greater than our worst fears," Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said in a news conference. "It's totally overwhelming."

    Weather experts had predicted the city would be quickly overwhelmed by the impact of Katrina, which tore across the coast on Monday but initially damage appeared less than catastrophic.
    By Tuesday, however, the full impact was clear as the water rose and overwhelmed pumps, part of an elaborate system of walls, canals and other devices built to protect the city from just such a disaster.

    Fears grew about pollution, with the water believed to be carrying sewage, spilled fuel and other pollutants from residential and commercial districts inundated in the flood.

    Reporters said there was waist-high water round the Superdome, the huge covered football stadium near downtown New Orleans that had been used as an emergency evacuation center for thousands of residents.

    Local television showed people and dogs sitting on rooftops, the houses below them invisible in brackish water. A hand was visible through a window in a house surrounded by chest-high water.

    One man was seen using an ice chest as a flotation device. Another clung to metal scaffolding to escape the deluge, which ironically occurred in sunshine and blue skies Tuesday.

    No deaths were officially confirmed, but Nagin said bodies were seen floating.

    Officials went on television to urge people not to try to return to their homes yet. "You need to get used to where you're at right now because this may take us some time." said U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal.
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    Has anybody heard from Alabama-Redneck???

    Anyone else from down in that area? I know Will Galen made it through the first hit, is everybody else ok on here?


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    I spent alot of time in Biloxi at Keesler AFB, and it's weird to think that it's all in shambles now.

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    Has anybody heard from Alabama-Redneck???

    Anyone else from down in that area? I know Will Galen made it through the first hit, is everybody else ok on here?
    Isn't he from northern Alabama. he should be OK

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    What about Gyron?

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    What about Gyron?

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    He posted on the shout box thread at 10 PM that he and his family are OK and he feels lucky to have gotten out of there.

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    I donated a big chunk of change to the Tsunamai relief. Sort of wish I hadn't now but that was the charitable budget for the year. And with gas going for what it is I don't think I'm going to be able to give anything here - maybe 50 bucks or something, tops.

    It's amazing - people were warned so the loss of life will be much lower but the devastation in Gulfport and Biloxi looks horrifyingly similar to what happened to Aceh.
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    For those that don't know, I work at Eli Lilly. There was an announcement yesterday that Lilly will match all employee donations to the Red Cross dollar for dollar. I can coordinate something and double our efforts if anyone is interested.

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    I spent alot of time in Biloxi at Keesler AFB, and it's weird to think that it's all in shambles now.
    I have a good friend that is an instructor there. He was evacuated to Jones Hall and he has been able to call periodically, even during the storm, to let me know how he's doing and ask what I have heard. Aside from losing commercial power and hearing the doors rattling a little, he said you wouldn't even have known there was a hurricane outside. That building is a fortress. He told me yesterday that he was able to look out at the parking lot where his car is and said that from what he saw and has heard, where he parked was the only lot that wasn't under water and his car sustained no damage. They are on generators but have only lights, no AC, and they have to stay there until at least Thursday.

    Being in Jones Hall he has access to Comm equipment and has been able to set up a makeshift FM radio as well as tactical radios to communicate with others on base and learned that most of base housing is gone and there has been severe damage to the rest of the base. We also got a message that classes will not start again until at least 3 Oct, which may be optimistic.

    The hard part was when he asked if I had heard anything about his neighborhood in Ocean Springs. I told him that I had heard it was totally destroyed. He has lost everything except the clothes he and his kids have with them. Luckily his wife was TDY in S. Carolina and was scheduled to return the day the storm hit but stayed there instead. She will bring them supplies as soon as she is allowed to return. Hopefully that will be soon.

    He is way more fortunate than most though. Being military and being sheltered on the base he has plenty of food (MREs) and water so he is counting his blessings.

    When were you there?

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    Thanks for the concern everyone. I'll post some stories of what I saw while I was down there later today.

    Its bad. Real bad.

    I was on the outer edge of the hurricane in Gulf shores, Alabama, and we still got hit pretty hard, but nothing like what louisana, mississippi and even Mobile, Alabama got.

    I look at the picture son the internet and now, that I have been to most of those places, and even from the pictures in Mobile, I was there just 3 days ago on those streets. Then I look at where I was at an realize how lucky my family is to be safe and to have not lost much by way of property.

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    Just received this from my Employer. Those in Indiana may want to check it out.

    If you receive questions about hurricane relief volunteerism and donation, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) asks individuals interested in aiding victims to contact the Indiana Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (INVOAD) at www.invoad.org or Indiana 2-1-1 at www.in211.org
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    I have a good friend that is an instructor there. He was evacuated to Jones Hall and he has been able to call periodically, even during the storm, to let me know how he's doing and ask what I have heard. Aside from losing commercial power and hearing the doors rattling a little, he said you wouldn't even have known there was a hurricane outside. That building is a fortress. He told me yesterday that he was able to look out at the parking lot where his car is and said that from what he saw and has heard, where he parked was the only lot that wasn't under water and his car sustained no damage. They are on generators but have only lights, no AC, and they have to stay there until at least Thursday.

    Being in Jones Hall he has access to Comm equipment and has been able to set up a makeshift FM radio as well as tactical radios to communicate with others on base and learned that most of base housing is gone and there has been severe damage to the rest of the base. We also got a message that classes will not start again until at least 3 Oct, which may be optimistic.

    The hard part was when he asked if I had heard anything about his neighborhood in Ocean Springs. I told him that I had heard it was totally destroyed. He has lost everything except the clothes he and his kids have with them. Luckily his wife was TDY in S. Carolina and was scheduled to return the day the storm hit but stayed there instead. She will bring them supplies as soon as she is allowed to return. Hopefully that will be soon.

    He is way more fortunate than most though. Being military and being sheltered on the base he has plenty of food (MREs) and water so he is counting his blessings.

    When were you there?
    I've been there three times. Once in '97 for my tech school (3 months), again in '01 for another tech school (3 months) and I was there last year about this same time of year for a couple weeks for my 7-level. I was in Thompson hall for school and stayed in Muse Manor, the Holiday Inn off of highway 90 and I also stayed in a hotel in D'Iberville.

    I went to most of those casino's and restaurants and I saw some pictures of Keesler and it is in some bad shape. I'll be surprised if they get classes started by 3 October.

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    this just in: White people are "finding" food, while black people are apparently "looting" it....

    http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/p...hxwaoma_photo1

    http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/480/ladm10208301530

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    this just in: White people are "finding" food, while black people are apparently "looting" it....

    http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/p...hxwaoma_photo1

    http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/480/ladm10208301530

    Seriously, can you be any more blatently racist?
    To play devil's advocate here, the "looter" has a garbage bag full of stuff...
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    To play devil's advocate here, the "looter" has a garbage bag full of stuff...
    .....maybe to prevent his food from getting wet?

    Do you think he "looted" the grocery store because he wanted DVD players?

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    .....maybe to prevent his food from getting wet?
    I was trying to imply that he had taken more stuff than the girl that had a handfull of food. I agree that it looks biased...
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    Food I can understand...but when people are taking TV's and DVD players, they should be shot.

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    It's pretty bad - "finding" which implies that it's manna from heaven just waiting for someone to pick it up, vs "looting" which equals a thief.

    I've been a bit surprised - and maybe it's happening and I don't know it - that local officials haven't gone to gorcery stores and set up a food distribution system. Not electronics - if they want a TV let 'em have it (owners will get it back from insurance whether the store's flooded or looted). But for water, canned goods, etc.

    Of course they're probably pretty busy but when they showed video of cops trying to arrest looters that was the first thought I had. Especially whatever fresh, bottled water might be available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kstat
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    this just in: White people are "finding" food, while black people are apparently "looting" it....

    http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/p...hxwaoma_photo1

    http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/480/ladm10208301530

    Seriously, can you be any more blatently racist?
    You've got to realize they're from two totally different sources. All those pictures are off of the AP wire, with their own captions and the name of the photographer.

    It's not like a Yahoo employee sat there and purposely had two different words to describe the same action because of skin color.

    EDIT: One is off the AP wire while the other one is from AFP.

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    Food I can understand...but when people are taking TV's and DVD players, they should be shot.
    You mean because they're so stupid we want to keep them from contributing to the genetic pool in any way?

    You steal a TV and you have two choices - store it somewhere and wait for the floodwaters to ruin it, or carry it out with you while you walk 10 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naturallystoned
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    To play devil's advocate here, the "looter" has a garbage bag full of stuff...
    That is pretty interesting that the black kid is termed a looter, as he carries a case of soda under his arm and came from a grocery store, while the white couple "found" their stuff. Unreal and typical.

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    After seeing some of the devestation, it seemed appropriate to post a thread where people can donate to the relief funds. If you know of a site/organization where money can be donated, PM me the link/info and I'll be more than happy to add it to this original post. No pressure to donate anything, obviously. But we have enough people on here that we can at least try to make the smallest difference.

    You're more than welcome to use this thread to post personal stories you've heard from friends or family, or experienced youself if you live in the region.

    Good luck and God bless to everyone involved. Let's help 'em out, PD.


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    I'm glad you posted this and stickied it. I donated to the Red Cross last night. I've talked to quite a few people who've been shaking their heads at those "poor, poor, people" and talking about how terrible it is, then I hit them with "Well, what are you going to do about it?" Prayers and concernes are nice, but it's not goiong to provide them with shelter and food. My dad watched covergae of it for 8 hours yesterday with this "Let's stop and watch the car wrenck" mentality. I cant wait to shame him into helping out.
    Hey! What're you kicking me for? You want me to ask? All right, I'll ask! Ma'am, where do the high school girls hang out in this town?

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    Default Re: Sites to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts AND post stories/updates....

    Ok, I told you guys I would post a story of two of my couple days in hurricane land.


    I was down in Alabama for my Brother's wedding for which I was his Best Man. The plan was to get married on the beach in Destin, FL Saturday night at Sunset and then have a wedding reception back in Gulf Shores, AL where the families live sunday evening. Well, we got the wedding off without any real problems, but that night upon returning from the wedding we found out how big Katrina had really gotten.

    So when the issued mandatory evacuation Sunday morning for Gulf Shores, the reception was cancelled. Since we had 25 lbs of Shirmp and about $300 worth of food trays with sandwiches, not to mention Keg of beer and a LOT of wine, we decided to hav a hurricane/wedding reception at my parents house Sunday night while we waited for the Hurricane to arrive. We of course finished all hurricane preparations before hand such as boarding up the houses, buying water, ice and gas in all the cars and for the generator.

    About 18 people showed up for the party and we ate and drank for several hours before the people that weren't staying went home. Everyone was safe in their homes to ride the storm out by 10:00pm when the rain had already started coming in.

    So in the house we had left to ride out the hurricane(her house is about 15 miles inland from the shore, technically in Foley, AL):
    Myself, My wife, My mom, My Dad, My Brother, His new wife, a friend of his that lived down near the beach, and my aunt and uncle who lived in mobile on the river over there.

    We weathered the storm pretty well, with no major damage other than a shutter that flew off and some trees down. My Grandparents in Fairhope, AL, just down the road lost some trees, but were otherwise OK.

    The winds and rain really started coming in about 6 AM that morning. By 7Am, the first tree outside our house was down. By 8:30, the neighbors shingles started to come off his roof(50 mph winds at this point), so we went out and helped hold him and the ladder while he smacked some nails in it to keep the roof from peeling back. Did the same thing about and hour later in 65mph winds on his shed. The wind was bad, but what hurt was the rain. It stings like hell as it hits you skin at that speed and higher. We saved his roof on both houses though, so we did a good deed there.

    IN the midst of the first roof patch we realized that the other nieghbor left his labrodor retriever in his cage at the end of his yard next to all the pecan trees that were splitting like crazy. the dog was going nuts trying to find a way out of the little caged fence he was in. So I decided I wasn't going to stand there and watch this dog suffer and probably die. I grabbed a rope out of my dad's garage and ran over and got the dog out of the cage. The neighbor proceeded to run out and start yelling at me for taking his dog. I told him he would either put the dog in his garage or I would put him in our garage but I wasn't going to let him be cruel to the dog and leave him out there to die. He proceeded to tell me that "You are the kind of person that is wrong with the world today, that dog is a Lab and he can handle rain". I yelled back at him that he was a freaking idiot that this wasn't rain, it was a freaking hurricane with expected winds of over 100mph. And I asked him would you stay out in this, and he said "No", I said well then why would you leave your dog out in it???? He demanded I give his dog, which I did. I told him if he put her out there again, I was coming back. He told me to "leave his property or else I would find out what hurt meant". I told him if he put the dog back out I was comign back. And I was going get the cop across the street who was visiting the 911 operator across the street. He told me if I went to the Cop, "he would kick my ***" I told him to bring it on and he took the dog back inside to the garage where he was safe. All this while we were standing in 60 mph winds and driving rain. But I wasn't goning to let that dog sit out there and suffer.
    Its real wierd during a hurricane, you go through periods of rain that is coming down so hard, so fast, sideways, and at an unbeleivable rate, to just wind with no rain just randomly. When it was just wind my brother and I would go out and check out damage and play a little in the wind(I know we were stupid) and of course check to make sure dumbass next door didn't put the poor dog outside again.

    We didn't have power after about 7:30 am so the house being all boarded up got hot quick with no air circulation, so all we could do was sit in the garage and open the gargae door occassionally for some air. After the wind had died down around 6:30pm that night, we went out and took theboards off the windows, although we did still get the occassional wind burst that was pretty hard and the hard driving rain came and went.

    We went out and drove around(even though there was a curfew and we would have been arrested if caught out) around 7:15. The damage in Foley was bad, but not near as bad as what we later found out was in Gulf shores or worse all the cities west such as Mobile, all of Mississippi, and Lousiana. We stopped and my brothers new brides parents house down on the river and found that the water from the river was within 12" of their door. They were just hoping that the high tide the next morning didn't bring it up into their brand new house they just finished last month. That represented a rise in water of about 8 ft. And they are still a good 8 miles from the beach.

    My Aunt and uncle that stayed with us still don't know the fate of their house. The road to their house is still closed with water over it. Thepictures they have seen from the area near their house is under water, so they may or may not have a flooded out house when they get home.

    My brother's friend who stayed with us during the hurricane.....Here is a sad story.

    Two months ago, he lost his house and everything he owned in a fire. He moved in with his parents after that down in fort morgan(basically gulf shores, but again, right on the beach) He can't go home to find his house yet because it is all under water, including his house. He doesn't know what happened to his parents who were in the house. He is hoping they got out, but he doesn't know because they don't have cell phones and there is not elcetric or phone service out there because of the water. He also saw a picture on Tvb that night when the power came back on that showed his place of employment(a resturant) in gulf shores. The resturant is gone. I felt so bad for the kid. My mom is going to try and get him a job in the grocery store where she works, but last I heard, he still hadn't heard from his family.

    More on the next post.....

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