Saturday, August 27, 2005

To my New Orleans readers: if you were thinking of staying home and riding out Katrina, don't. GET OUT. Last year, I was worked a hurricane planning workshop in Baton Rouge, put on by the state's Department of Homeland Security. It dealt with planning and response to a major SE Louisiana hurricane, complete with simulations and expert-designed projections, surveys, etc. A Cat3 making a direct hit on NOLA was projected to cause massive damage, far beyond what the average person might think. Consider the possibility of 18 feet of water in the CBD, a toxic soup of household and industrial chemicals floating around the flooded bowl that NOLA sits in and substantial, if not complete, destruction of homes and businesses along the river. Think floating corpses and balls of fire ants and gasoline and god knows what. If you stay and survive, search and rescue will not come after your ass for some time, and if they do they will be coming to take you out and nothing else. After they blow the levee and the water goes down, it'll still be months before the city is livable. Casualties possibly in five figures. That's a Cat3. If Katrina makes landfall as a Cat5? The destruction will be apocalyptic. Get out now.

10 Comments:

Blogger Schroeder said...

Apocalyptic - yes, that just about sums it up until you get to really thinking about the possible flooding, and then words fail.

Perhaps 'biblical'.

8/28/2005 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you, your loved ones and your homes be okay somehow, but you're right, it's one crazy badass mutha headed your way.

--Kevin@American Street

8/28/2005 05:06:00 PM  
Blogger Schroeder said...

I hope you've been spared.

Any thoughts on how to get back into the city?

8/30/2005 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger Suspect Device said...

We were fine -- a couple of broken tree limbs?

There's no getting back into the city. The I-10 span is destroyed, the cuaseway is only open to emergency vehicles, and you'll be turned away by the national guard and/or police if you even attempt it.

You better plan on settling in for a week. Or more.

8/30/2005 01:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul Evans said...

Glad to hear you're okay, Greg. Say hello to your family for Chris and me.

8/31/2005 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the Department of Homeland Security's simulations and projections seem to have been painfully accurate, if nothing else.

9/01/2005 05:12:00 AM  
Anonymous TrappedInDallas said...

Glad to see you're well!
We'll need you to document the silky smooth and machine-like efficiency of the rebuilding.
But that's later...in the meantime, luck to you and everyone.

9/02/2005 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I was glad to hear you guys got through safely. I'm up here in Boston, looking at the news the past couple of days and it's mind-blowing. Not just the devesation, not just how right you were, but how all the politicians, save Mayor Nagin, have their heads so far up their asses they see daylight through their nostrils.

I thought of you when Anderson Cooper ripped into your pal Mary. It was a wonderful sight, I tellyawhut.

9/02/2005 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous lisa york said...

Glad I finally fingured out to check "comments" and see you and your family are okay. 1. I was worried you'd been caught in the backwash of the storm, 2. I was worried that what with the cluster fuck of this whole thing you'd folded your flag again - and this time for good, and without telling us good bye and where you were going.
You've probably already found "The Interdictor"'s Blog? on Live Journal. If not it's a ... painful read.
Lisa York - a fan in Florida, former nola resident.
LiveJournal.com/users/loyolajd

9/05/2005 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude.

~Nitro

9/06/2005 09:57:00 AM  

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