French Quarter Update

Earlier this afternoon I called CDs Saloon, prompted by a post on NOLA.com’s Vieux Carre forum that indicated that people were there. It was confirmed that all the news sources that said yesterday that the quarter had 6 to 8 feet of flooding were purely false.

Yesterday I saw a CNN video report online that indicated that the reporter was standing in the quarter – on common street – while the water was rising. Usually it’s the tourists that ask where the quarter is while they’re standing in it. So much for responsible journalism. It’s like telling me that my house just collapsed…and then saying “Oh, sorry. Wrong neighborhood.” Jerk.

The only street that is flooded is Conti because of some kind of water valve breakage coming for the Wax Museum.
I didn’t hear abot the degree of flooding.

49 Comments so far

  1. Keith (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

    Evidently the Quarter is wherever the press wants it to be . . . kind of like calling something below Magazine the Garden District for real estate purposes.


  2. Keith (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 5:25 pm

    Also, CNN just had footage that shows a couple of feet of water on Bourbon, at Canal.


  3. Hugh Tobias (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 6:36 pm

    Don’t know if anyone can help or not, but I’m trying to get info on a couple of elderly relatives: Margaret Willoughby and Ann Elizabeth (Betty) Breen. Betty, an invalid, was admitted to East Jeff Hospital as a precautionary move prior to the hurricane and Margaret was allowed to stay in her room. I haven’t been able to find out anything at all about them. Any word would be deeply appreciated. I used to live in NOLA and can’t imagine how tough it must be. To say “hang in there” seems so trite.


  4. Sandra Cutrer (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 10:37 pm

    My son lives on 1002 Bienville(the corner of Bienville and Burgundy), two blocks behind Canal. Can anyone tell me if that street is flooded, and if so how much? Any information concerning this area is appreciated!!!
    Sandra


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  6. Richard Byrd (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 10:53 pm

    I am trying to learn if anyone from Mobile made it through the hurricane. My great- grandmother lived in Mobile, i don’t know exactly where. If anyone here’s about any survivors with the last name ” Byrd “, any information would releave my family’s fears. Thank you for any assisstance you can lend. May God bless and protect each one of you and your families. Thanks again.


  7. Gloria M. (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 11:12 pm

    I am looking for any information on a dear friend of mine Patti Conroy. She lives in or around the French Quarter. If anyone knows of her please let me know if she is alive and well.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    Thank you much, Gloria M.


  8. Marcie (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 9:26 am

    Does anyone know how bad the damage on Bourbon and Sienna are? I’m desperate to find out. They never cover the area on the news. Is the flooding as bad as in Nineth Ward? We are the house 2 doors down from Hurricane Joe’s. Family of four need your help. Do you know anything????


  9. Javier G (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 1:32 pm

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  10. melissa from chicago (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 7:05 pm

    i am heartbroken for all of you there…i’ve prayed for “everything/anything i can think of that may help the situation” continually throughout the days since i heard “katrina” was coming…i do not live there, but my love for your city is deep…does anyone have any info on the conditions in the french quarter? (i.e., looting, vandalism, flooding, etc.)… i would simply like to know “the truth’ about whats happening there, and the media is not exactly “accuarate”…be safe and thank you for this “blog”…


  11. bert (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 7:14 pm

    I am told there are two gangs roving around the Quarter. One is the “T-Boyz” and the other doesnt have a name. There was a gun fight between them at Sienna and Bourbon this afternoon. Not clear what the outcome was.


  12. Robert (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 9:03 pm

    My mom call just a few minutes ago and suggested something that seems so obvious, yet no one else seems to have thought of it. There are busses going to the Superdome EMPTY and coming out full of people. Why aren’t they going in loaded to the windows with supplies, and THEN going out full of people? I wish I knew who to send this to where it might actually be considered by someone with the authority to act on it. Please feel free to send it on if you know what to do with it.


  13. G. (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 9:39 pm

    Richard – My Dad lives and stayed in Mobile during the Hurricane; he actually lives in the suburb of Irvington. I’ve been able to stay in touch everyday via cell and from what he says the situation is managable. Flooding is not too bad, water is running, power is sporadic. The biggest issues are overwhelmed police, some organized house looting and scare gas with few pumps able to operate. Once online pumps are quickly inundated and waits can stretch 6-8 hours. Rationing has begun with a $20 limit. I joked “that’s only a couple gallons”. Obviously the situation is not near as dire as New Orleans and is improving everyday. I just got off the phone with him and he’s planning to stay until the house sells. The buyers still want it and they should close on Wednesday. Even more surprising is the other potential hurricane on the way which no news organization has time to report.


  14. jeanette williams (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:28 pm

    There is a way out of the french quarters. My brother got out by taking a bridge that is 3 blocks from the convention center. My brother was in the french quarters at 124 Royal at the Holiday Inn. The water had began to rise in the french quarters and the national guard told them they had to evacuate. There were hotels putting their guest out into the street in the french quarters and tourist like my brother was walking around aimlessly not knowing which way to go. They took my brother and all those who were in the Holiday Inn to the Convention Center. My brother who is a NYC FD paramedic was speaking to another EMT and they guy told him he had a car but did not know how to get out the city. My brother told him he did not have a car, but knew how they may possibly get out of the city. They got in the car and to make a long story short, they made it to Baton Rouge.

    There was a lot of tourist in the French Quarters who had no idea how to get out. Who knows maybe they were in walking distance of safety, if you do not know the city, how would you know how to get out.

    My brother, Timothy Roberts, was able to rent a car at the Budget located in Baton Rouge, is at this moment finishing his meal at the Outback Steakhouse in Baton Rouge and I have confirmed him on a flight out of Houston at 10:45 in the morning.

    Mine has a happy ending, but I wonder where he would be if he had not run into that couple who was from Los Angeles, who had a car, but did not know their way out of the city. NO THANKS TO THE NATIONAL GUARD WHO WANTED TO STICK HIM IN THE CONVENTION CENTER (with flood waters still rising), NO THANKS TO THE NEW ORLEANS PD WHO WAS TOLD NOT TO GIVE ANYONE ANY INFORMATION and when he tried to ask them questions they told they were not authorized to give any information. When those people in the french quarters woke this morrning to rising water, they did not know what to think. Amazingly he was able to make a phone call to me, that was around 12:15 this afternoon on a pay phone, (he called me collect). I told him if he can find a way out of the city, then get out.


  15. jeanette williams (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:50 pm

    The officials at New Orleans have a lot to answer to. The mayor showed no regard for the people of his city nor the tourist that was stuck in the city because there were no rental cars available to them. The hotels in the area could have shuttled guests out of the hotels with their personal vans. The mayor should have imposed martial law and ordered everyone out, and those who did not have the means to leave should have been provided a way out. Greyhound should have and could have provided assistance. I am not an official but I think I could have coordinated this effort better than they did. When diaster struck, it is like they froze and then stuck their heads in the sand and then begun to flunder around like a fish out of water. It was clear to see this situation was so much more than local officials could handle.

    Many of the people were poor, and did not have the means to get out. No car, no money for gas, car not in good running condition.

    New Orleans is a tourist city, there were a lot of tourist in the city, TRAPPED. There were no rentals available, they went fast. The city did nothing to help them get out. Now they are prey to looters. They let their tourist down.

    I can not phantom the officials decision to haut the recue process so that they could fight with looters over, what?? things?? Isn’t live more important than things.

    There was a lady who is stuck on the freeway who said it best, she said, “they left us to die out htere” “like we are trash”.

    The media hype is on the looters, Why? To take the focus off the fact that they did everything wrong from the beginning.


  16. mario martinez (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 6:01 am

    our nation was founded on biblical principle, and the behavior of new oreleans is way out of hand which i only could say. the example of the world influences turn people into this type of behavior. but understand God is still in control and he will restore order again in the city and help people and authorities punish those who is causing trouble or strife for there is 6 things God hate is one causeing strife against the unity of the body. people come back to the Lord Jesus Christ and come back to your seanse just like the prodical son did in the gospels i am speaking to the christians in that city and church officials should be there helping to lift up the moral of the victims and help them to start rebuilding their spiritual needs so they could start relizing that its only by divine intervention things are going to be better and the city and the people could start being rebuild.

    i am speaking to the faithful christians. please do not be tempted or do any type of looting. for such behavior counter dicts of what a true christian is regardless of any situation


  17. Mishelle Lane (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 6:08 am

    It’s been very interesting to read the blogs from New Orleans. I lived in NOLA for a couple years and have had many visits to the great city. Anyway.. My husband and I have a friend, KYLE MEADS, who recently moved back to New Orleans. If anyone knows him, or of him, please give him my email address (mamamishi@yahoo.com) and have him or someone you know who knows him, contact us.

    God speed. I am praying that this ends and the city is cleaned up and put back together. ~~thoughts & prayers~~ are constant!


  18. Jeff Williams (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 10:06 am

    THERE WAS A BLONDE HO I USED TO VISIT WHO USED TO WORK THE FRANKLIN ST. AREA, ONLY CHARGED $25 PER HUMMER. I WONDER IF SHE’S STILL THERE? MAYBE SHE’S ONLY CHARGING $10 OR $15 SINCE I BET BUSINESS HAS DROPPED OFF A BIT THE PAST FEW DAYS.


  19. wendy washington (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 10:22 am

    it seems to me that the majority of people in this city lived below the poverty line prior to the hurricane and Y is it like this in the most powerful nation in the world it is truly a shame
    It is also evident that there are few Immigrants in New orleans, perhaps thats the reason the city is the way it is America was built on the backs of the Irish, Jews, mexicans, europeans and West indian. This display of deprivation is alarming. Finanly G. Bush went into the mid east he should have gone down South


  20. josh (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 10:36 am

    the last comment by jeff was absolutely ridiculus. there are people dying day and night down there and there is nothing to joke about. i am a 20 year old out of work full time student in austin,tx. i am personally trying to gather about $1000 to personally buy water and food and drive my truck to new orleans and rescue as many poor souls as can fit into my truck. it makes me absolutely sick to see anyone joke about this matter.THERE IS NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT THIS SITUATION!!!!!


  21. G. Hager (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 10:42 am

    “The mayor should have imposed martial law and ordered everyone out”

    Easier said than done. Such a task requires outside help, the kind only the Feds have the power to provide. The local “powers” are as devastated as everyone else.


  22. Ralph (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 2:10 pm

    Can anyone update me on the damage situation to houses in the area of Royal St. & The Esplanade?


  23. barry o donovan (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 3:17 pm

    I am looking for info about my friend Lisa Artus,who lives on Orleans,and was wondering if anyone knows if she is safe,or if she evacuated.If anyone knows,then plese help me.


  24. Kim (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 4:15 pm

    Does anyone have info. on the home damage in the Lake Barrington residential area?


  25. leanne (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 7:02 pm

    Katrina survivor list; for those seeking family and friends
    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/hurricanes/list/page.19.html

    here’s another link to check;
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewOrleans-refugee-info/messages
    good luck I hope they are found safe


  26. Meghan (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2005 @ 2:38 am

    What is astonishing to me is the lack of organization and support offered by George. Why did it take him so long to respond? He should have been on it within the instant ! Maybe he had his targets set on Afghanistan and Iraq – bullying other countries and ignoring his own. Please vote the Republicans out. The world is waiting …


  27. George Salas (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2005 @ 6:57 pm

    Josh, I would like to help. I am also trying to gather money and items to send. I thinking about taking off of work, to help out.


  28. Paul (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 1:55 pm

    Jeff guess what? They found that blond on Franklin St. you were wondering about, she has a week old beard and the wind blew her wig away but she/he is doing fine now. He said to tell you Hey.


  29. Mike Green (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 2:51 pm

    Looking for our loved ones last heard from in the French Quarter area. We cannot tell from news reports what has happened to people in that area.
    Looking for information on people that rode out the hurricane in the Best Western French Quarter Landmark Hotel. Looking for brother and nephew Rodney & Brandon Green or any news of them. Last heard from Tuesday after the storm. They were on 8th floor but said about 6 feet of water on ground floor of the hotel on Rampart. They are father and teenage son, Native American. Rod is 40’s, very tall and thin, long dark hair and has problems with his legs so can’t walk too well. Family in Seattle is desperate for any info. Ready and waiting to help. If you have any info about where they may be or what has happened to them please email okcyabye@comcast.net or post it here or call 252-796-1897 or add him to the safe lists on MSNBC or CNN or all of the above. We will be so grateful for any news. Our prayers go out to everyone involved in this disaster. We got an email this morning from someone obviously looking at the “Searching For” lists where we have posted them both. It was a terrible email saying Rod had fallen off a raft and drown. We do not believe this email because the senders name was a famous person and the language was very derogatory.


  30. john (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 3:29 pm

    can any one tell me the situation at Slidells hospitals am wondering about a nurse who works at one of the hospitals dont know name of hospital


  31. john (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 3:31 pm

    oh i forgot to leave my e-mail addy jwrichey@yahoo.com if u know any thing about hospitals condidtions in slidell plz e-mail thank you very much


  32. Mary Barton (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 10:33 pm

    Hugh—I am also looking for the same two elderly relatives: Betty Breen and Margaret Willoughby. I am Betty’s niece in Nashville. I spoke with Betty on Sunday morning prior to the hurricane and she told me that they were going to a hotel on the north side of Lake Pontratrain–I just do not know where. I actually called East Jefferson Hospital tonight and there was no record of her being at that hospital this week. Please help. Thank you.


  33. vicky robinson (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 7:53 am

    my heart and prayers go out to everyone who is a victim of katrina also God bless everyone who is has and will be helping these victims my sister candy and i are deeply sore at heart for your loss.

    God be with you all


  34. Rebecca Lopez (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 9:35 am

    I agree with Jeanette, the effort to evacuate showed that this storm was not taken seriously enough. What is the point of giving an order to poor people to evacuate without giving them the means to leave. The Federal government has been sorely blamed for this mess, but the responsibility by the laws of the land rest with the local and state officials. And they, above all, had the opportunity to do something before the catastrophe occurred.
    I commend Bush and the efforts of the Federal Government. They moved on the situation. People should also keep in mind that while there are people who died waiting to be rescued, that the storm left utter chaos. Where was the leadership? Although I place responsibility with Nagin, he was out there in a helicopter distributing water. Time to put blame aside and work together. Time to rebuild and reunite. I am sickened by the looters and shooters. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
    My prayers are with everyone in NO. My heart goes out and many tears were shed in my house for the devastation and human condition in NO.


  35. Richard (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 11:18 am

    From Baltimore – we love the city so that much we’ve had an apartment in NOLA for the past 5 years. To keep things in perspective, it might help to remember that post Katrina there was left only one way into the city – I-10 West (maybe 90 West too) but all Red Cross, FEMA etc posted to the east could not get in. They had to go over to Baton Rouge, and then back over into NOLA.


  36. Thom (unregistered) on September 11th, 2005 @ 5:25 pm

    It is very sad as to what has happened to the entire south coast. I lived in New Orleans for a short while, and have many friends there that I can not reach since the storm. I hope and pray that everyone locates there family and friends. As mentioned before in the messages I to will be going to New Orleans to help in any way I can.


  37. Throttle (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 9:08 am

    I am appalled at the blame game. My Ole Man’s family is from NOLA 9th ward. His family was there and the sediment was WE have lived thru Hurricanes before this one is no different. We begged them to leave but I live with a Cajun and know how hard headed they can be. You might as well be talking to the fence post. We still have’nt heard from some family members and we care but those that chose to stay did just that they chose to stay. Yes I know there a lot of poor people in NOLA and all you so called christians that choose to send money to other countries while we have children in NOLA WV and every state in the US starving or not having a decent pair of shoes or a warm meal in thier bellies, pisses me off! Even this guy saying God is punishing. BS !!!! My God is all loving and forgiving so go pray to your idols which the bible says not to do anyway. I don’t know why it took so long to get help but I saw the convoys heading for LA why is NOLA more important then MS they were devastated also. Why do people stay when they are warned to get out and then cry afterwards??? I have been apart of the efforts to raise money and blood for the Red Cross for Katrina victims. I was apart of the rescue and recovery of bodies for 911 The first rule you learn as a rescue worker is scene safety. They tell you you can’t help if your in peril yourself. An answer for the looting, That is a part of humanity called; survival. Does it even make sense to take a DVD player when the basic needs aren’t being met??? The shock of your home and nieghborhood looking like a war zone puts you in a state of shock all your logic and sense of morality is gone. And when something like this happens the Feds come in and destroy everything due to disease everything is crushed and taken to the landfill then claimed on insurance. So with this information do you even care.


  38. KATHY ROCK (unregistered) on October 9th, 2005 @ 8:52 pm

    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH MY FRIENDS IN THE FRENCH QUARTERS, ESPECIALLY TASHAS, SHALISTA AND SHAUDA WHO WORK THE FRONT DESK AT THE ST ANNE MARIE. i CALLED THE NIGHT BEFORE FROM NY AND TOLD YOU TO HEAD FOR HIGHER GROUND. YOU CALLED ME A CRAZY NEWYORKER (THAT’S RIGHT) BUT DAMN IT GIRLS, WHERE ARE YOU? i CALL THE HOTEL AND STILL NO SERVICE. eMAIL ME, KATHY ROCK AT CHEZKAY@FRONTIERNET.NET mY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS ALSO. NEW ORLEANS HAS ALWAYS BEEN DEAR TO MY HEART. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND YOU WILL RISE AGAIN. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT. CALL ME GIRLS..YOU HAVE MY NUMBER…


  39. KATHY ROCK (unregistered) on October 9th, 2005 @ 8:53 pm

    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH MY FRIENDS IN THE FRENCH QUARTERS, ESPECIALLY TASHAS, SHALISTA AND SHAUDA WHO WORK THE FRONT DESK AT THE ST ANNE MARIE. i CALLED THE NIGHT BEFORE FROM NY AND TOLD YOU TO HEAD FOR HIGHER GROUND. YOU CALLED ME A CRAZY NEWYORKER (THAT’S RIGHT) BUT DAMN IT GIRLS, WHERE ARE YOU? i CALL THE HOTEL AND STILL NO SERVICE. eMAIL ME, KATHY ROCK AT CHEZKAY@FRONTIERNET.NET mY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS ALSO. NEW ORLEANS HAS ALWAYS BEEN DEAR TO MY HEART. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND YOU WILL RISE AGAIN. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT. CALL ME GIRLS..YOU HAVE MY NUMBER…


  40. kathy rock (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 8:31 am

    does anyone have any information about the french quarters and the hotels and the people who work there? Is life getting back to normal yet?


  41. kathy rock (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 8:31 am

    does anyone have any information about the french quarters and the hotels and the people who work there? Is life getting back to normal yet?


  42. silverhawk (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

    To Richard Byrd

    you might try the Pensacola News Journal Forums (www.pensacolanewsjournal.com)–post your relative’s name under “missing persons” or other Katrina related forums. a lot of survivors went there and surrounding areas.

    also, perhaps Mobile has an online newspaper journal like Pensacola’s.

    I hope God will assist you in your search for your great grandmother.

    additionally, there is http://www.katrinaprayers.com, for prayers, — there might also be some various postings about practical matters, such as missing persons whereabouts, etc.


  43. silverhawk (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 12:50 pm

    To Throttle

    I personally do not believe God is “punishing” New Orleans, although many people certainly are feeling punished, I’m sure, just through sheer fatigue, loss and general misery.

    Katrina hit New Orleans environs because it is on the Gulf Coast, sticking out there. These are earth changes, possible due to global warming. I kind of wish everyone would move away from the coastal areas, because more than likely these hurricanes will be stronger like this now. But, I do understand, it is your home — mine was Pensacola, growing up, born in Gulfport. And a beautiful home it is. Also, there are calamities everywhere, such as fires in the West, snowstorms in the East.

    Yes, New Orleans means a lot to the whole country, as a symbol and an actual place.

    As far as the government and the media paying more attention to New Orleans than other places, you are kind to remember those other places. I think it is done on the basis of number of people.

    I recently read some absolutely terrible things about the women in the Congo, getting raped, etc. Horrible conditions. You don’t hear about it very much because it is smaller numbers. Everything is numbers to the media.

    Best of luck with trying to process all of this emotionally. It was quite hard for me too, and I don’t even live there.


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