Watching…

Now the attention focuses on the parts of South Louisiana Katrina didn’t get, or at least not as hard — that area from about Houma and Lafayette westward to Morgan City, Cameron and Lake Charles. Best of luck to our friends and clients in that part of the world.

Fortunately, this area is going to be a lot more forgiving in high water than a big urban area like New Orleans, given much of the area is akin to a large sponge. And, given the folks I know down in the bayous, they’ll show themselves to be a self-sufficient group. Lord knows there won’t be any shortage of flat-bottomed boats to get around to find anyone who needs finding. And no shortage of humor either.

Bon soir, y’all.

13 Comments so far

  1. rcs (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 11:12 pm

    I don’t know about more forgiving; Cameron Parish got hit by Hurricane Audrey in 1957, killing 457 people in a very sparsely inhabited area. A friend once recounted to me the story told to her by her kinfolk who survived the storm (most of whom have since passed away:)

    The storm came ashore early – many people who were packed and ready to evacuate in the morning woke in the middle of the night to the sounds of the drilling rigs (which sit not 500 yards off the beach in Creole) and all their gear crashing ashore in the storm surge, destroying everything in their path. My friend’s extended family spent the night clinging to the still-intact roof of their destroyed house – the roof broke apart finally and half of that family was never seen again. Cameron Parish has never been the same since that storm.

    I guess my point is the terrain down there isn’t especially forgiving; it’s so flat and low that the storm surge just rolls in uninpeded. The coastal towns will get wiped out, just like Mississippi. I doubt they’ll ever rebuild – everyone will just relocate to Lake Charles and Houston (finishing the exodus begun after Audrey.)


  2. Joe B. (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 2:06 am

    1957 was a lot different. The weather folks don’t necessarily get it any better than than we expect than what they did, but we do get way more information about storms and their movements in a much more timely fashion now than we did then.

    From a forecasting standpoint, the Galveston storm of 1900 stands out. The government had cut off information from Cuba that could have helped people understand that a storm MIGHT be coming. Whether or not they did anything about it in that case is up in the air (witness people who don’t evacuate when they should), but at least they would have had an option.

    But flat-bottomed boats, those are tricky. Presumably most people in SW Louisiana would know how to not capsize them or how to swim if they did, but how many stories out of Louisiana every year are there about people who capsize their flat-bottomed boat 6 feet from shore in 3 feet of water and manage to drown.

    Maybe people need to take axes AND life preservers to the attic with them. Come to think of it, why doesn’t Louisiana have building codes that mandate attic to roof exits that are failsafe operational from the inside? That kind of seems like a no-brainer.


  3. Craig (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 9:03 am

    My point was that the region is simply land as opposed to being encircled by levees. While there are indeed levees there, the water is more likely to come up and then flow back out, or at least over a larger area.
    I’m not minimizing the danger or the potential disaster. This is exactly what South Louisiana does NOT need.


  4. J Me (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 3:58 pm

    I was three years old when Hurricane Audrey washed our house away; my sister (who also lost her home in Gentilly) was one and a half. My parents took us down the pasture to our grandparents’ two-story home. The live oaks in front of their house saved the house from being smashed by an oil tank. I remember the water coming inside the house and splashing against the windows as we retreated up the stairs. We lost everything but our lives.


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