…how is everyone?

Are you coming back? When?

What about the mayor’s call to return? Too early? Are the feds being too cautious?

24 Comments so far

  1. Aaron (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 10:37 am

    I’ve already been back to the city once, four days ago, and it’s driveable as opposed to navigable now. Even Lakeview is dry, and the only parts still underwater in Chalmette aren’t going to be liveable afterwards anyway. I don’t see a reason to keep us away; if we’re willing to put up with the reeking air and lack of electricity and water in some parts of the city, so be it. Order has been restored, and if we don’t start rebuilding soon then it will only be more expensive later.

  2. Editor B (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 10:52 am

    I think the whole city should be open to those who can take care of themselves and understand the risks. Many homes might be saved from consumption by mold if they can be cleaned ASAP. They should at least let people retrieve valuables.

  3. oyster (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 11:47 am

    I’ll be back (sort of) next week. Our house was flooded so, I’ll be living in Houma for the forseeable future.


  4. G.Hager (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 1:18 pm

    People allowed to return shouldn’t be dead set on staying or leaving again. They should just assess the damage they have to deal with, deal with what they can, secure their property, and leave if it’s too much right now.

  5. hyacinthe (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 1:19 pm

    i think nagin might be a little hasty, and i think there’s no sense risking lives, especially since rita might hit us again. but then again, my family is from lower plaquemines, so they can’t go home any time soon anyway. if my house were there, i’d want to go back pronto, but don’t know what i’d do without potable water and electricity. crawfish boil?

    just a question, does anyone know how jesuit fared? the building, that is? and tad gormley?

  6. Jack Ware (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 1:20 pm

    I’ll be on the road at least three more weeks before I can get back. My building wasn’t flooded but I’m the only one (of half a dozen to a dozen) thats staying. I honestly think people, especially people who don’t own homes or businesses that would be a reason to stay, are just never coming back any longer than to salvage what they can. I can’t really blame them.

    I also think many of those people are leaving more because of what they witnessed people doing after the storm and the profound sense of abandonment. I mean, who of the people safely out of the city didn’t watch thos people at the convention center and think it could easily been me? A bad decision, a mis-step, or just a little bad luck is all it would have taken for most anyone to find themselves in a very bad way when the stakes are that high.

    I’m not moving away in the near future. I’m really very interested to see how the city recreates itself. There are a million social and economic variables at work. It might just be fun to be a part of.

  7. Laura (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 1:57 pm

    I went back last night to survey the damage. A crack in the wall, a busted out window pane, and a much larger hole in the ceiling over my bed than the one that had already opened up last month, dumping 75 pounds of plaster on my slumbering head. Oh yeah. And nasty bugs all over the rotting fruit in the kitchen.
    All in all, not too terrible. I’m staying in Metairie right now but I’ll be back to my apartment as soon as it’s livable.

  8. e (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 9:54 pm

    i’d rather you guys didn’t go back until rita’s gone, but that’s not gonna stop you. that said, please remember to send up a flare when you think the city is ready for visitors–i mean roughing-it visitors–as there’s lots of us just itching to get the tourist support goin again. just give us the word.

  9. Craig (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 10:56 pm

    Guard our house, dammit!
    Seriously — send a note when you plan to go back in to stay. Our first concern is mutual help and defense, so knowing who’s where will be a help.

    ….and we have a bigass generator so you can use the fridge.


  10. Raymond Majewski (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 1:22 am

    My personal view is that it’s fine for residents to enter, but too early for tourists or outside visitors. Really, I think the restrictions that you’re all facing down there are too draconian, the curfews and all the such. If such a thing happened in my area, I wouldn’t want visitors crowding the area, asking all sorts of questions and so forth, if I was trying to get my life, my house, or my business back together or rebuilt. Visitors will be curious, I think. Many will want to ask questions. That’s fine if it was retained to a small group, but if the group got large, then it could become a burden.

    And, like I mentioned elsewhere, I’d worry about Rita if I know it was heading in my direction. It’s a fast-moving storm, so I would be cautious, but it’s near the Florida Keys right now. Really, though, if it was headed my way, which I surely hope would never happen, I would evacuate as soon as I heard it…

    — Ray M —

    — Ray M —

  11. Laura (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 8:55 am

    Will do, Craig.
    Exactly which house is yours? (I hope you aren’t the neighbor that had my roommate’s car towed.)
    I’ll sit on your porch with a paintball gun and an igloo full of beer, ready to take out any and all looters!

  12. Ray Frischhertz (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 3:14 pm

    I’d LOVE to come back – dealing with Rita right now at family’s in Fort Lauderdale. Anyone know how Gentilly Ridge is faring? I left my house standing with 3 cars in the drive way on Venus Street. I hope they’re all still there. Anyone been that way or tell me how to get an update?

  13. Kaybee (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 4:17 pm

    Are any of you actually going to trust anything Ray Nagin says….ever? The guy is CRIMINALLY STUPID, not to mention the fact that he can’t make a decision and stick to it, starting with the forcible removal of the rest of the hard heads that stayed in NO before, during and after the storm, and ending with his short-sighted repopulation of a city that doesn’t even have minimal utilities, potable water and working emergency rooms for all the people who will surely hurt themselves cleaning up all that debris.

    I’d love to know what, exactly, qualified him to run for Mayor in the first place? His pretty Creole Face? His way with a phrase? Does he have some sort of historic legacy going on here? The man is a HORRIBLE leader, and should be recalled, impeached and/or arrested for his criminal ignorance, which cost the lives of his constituents.

    NOW he wants to get into the same sort of pissing match with the feds (btw, the same guys he was screaming for during the first couple of days after the storm, mind you). Somebody needs to tell him that he needs to make up his mind whether he’s in CHARGE, in which case he’s criminally negligent, or if the Feds are, in which case he’s just an idiot and needs to get the heck out of the way and let the professionals do their jobs.

  14. Tim Faucheaux (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 6:20 pm

    Beautifully said Kaybee. Nagin stands in the same ranks with such other political buffoons like Edwin Edwards (clever snake), Daryl Gates (delusional), Marion Barry (self righteous breast beating cokehead) and Ed Mecham (just a stupid stupid bastard).

  15. Aaron (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 10:14 pm

    Look, everyone who’s critisizing Nagin now is critisizing what he said before Rita existed. As soon as it became apparent there was a chance that another hurricane could come, he said that in the interest of safety, no one shuold be here when the levees aren’t working at full strength and it’s possible another hurricane could hit. What part of that logical progession of thought is confusing people? It was ok to come back, and he told people to do so, and then it became NOT ok to come back, and so he told people he was changing his order based on the NEW information. It’s simple, it’s logical, and it’s the correct course of action. I think it’s a knee jerk reaction to critisize the man for THIS decision. Critisize for other things which he deserves, but not for acting intelligently.

  16. BickDickDaddy (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 1:53 am

    he only did that after pressure from bush and the admaral! the man is an idiot! point blank!

  17. Bluesman (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 10:10 pm

    Hea! dont forget to take a bunch of those folks back with you.

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