Folks, please note: we at the New Orleans Metroblog are not emergency rescue personnel, we are not city officials (thank goddess), we are not with the Red Cross–hell, some of us may not even be legally sane. So, as much as we’d all like to respond to your queries about neighborhoods and loved ones, we don’t have the resources. However, does:

Sorry, but that’s the best we can do. Trust me, you’re not the only ones feeling confused or overwhelmed or frightened or anxious or angry or frustrated or…well, basically, anything but happy and content.

10 Comments so far

  1. anon (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 9:05 am

    If you can make this post a sticky one, permanently fixed at the top of your page, it might help drive traffic to those help sites!

    good information for those looking for those services!

  2. Sean (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 9:21 am

    Best of luck. Here’s hoping that all the authors’ families and friends are safe as well as the authors themselves. Sean from London.metblog

  3. Steve O'Keefe (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 9:29 am

    Anyone hoping for a quick fix to New Orleans levee breach should read this interview with the Army Corps of Engineers:

    EVEN IF they shore up the levees and flood walls,
    EVEN IF they get ALL the pumps working again,
    the best they can do is lower the water ONE FOOT/DAY.

    If Mayor Nagin is correct in estimating that the city will be under 15 feet of water before the lake and the city reach the same level, we are looking at 15 DAYS to get the water out — “best case scenario.”

    I wouldn’t mind hearing from a structural engineer about what happens to buildings that are covered to the first floor ceiling with water for a week. Will the entire city have to be bulldozed, or can buildings take that much water for that long and still be salvageable?

    Marigny Refugee

  4. Martin Osterman (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 9:32 am

    You guys are doing a fine job with the information provided so far. I live in Indiana, but your information has been as detailed as possible given the current situation. Keep up the good work — and don’t forget your sanity. ;)

  5. Carrie James (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 8:18 pm

    I am a Paramedic from Australia, and just read a news article that some of your emergency service personnel are committing suicide over the tragedy that is happening in your city. My heart bleeds for you all, but I would especially like to pass on the following message to all emergency services personnel that may read this site:

    “Please remember that you can only do what YOU can do and you cannot do it alone. You are not responsible for the tragedy and every small effort that you make to try and reverse it is appreciated by the people you are helping and by people across the world. Just keep pushing on and know that the day will come very soon when the streets will again be filled with the sounds of music and laughter not despair. Don’t give up!”

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