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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Report from Algiers Point

They (my family/friends) did a walkabout around the Point, and called me with some details. Pretty much all good news.

Yes, there is indeed a ship, nose into the levee, at the bottom of Pacific. My second mom went close enough to take pictures, and I gather there are a couple more boats underneath the ship (!).

Oddly enough, they tell me the River is peaceful and quiet - almost a blue color (I don't think I've ever seen it that way). Kind of ironic, although the river didn't cause the damage.

Around the Point, they tell me that all the trees are damaged in some way, bar none. ALL of the trees down by the river (on the other side of the levee) are snapped in half.

Sadly but unsurprisingly, there is some property damage. They tell me that they found only two homes, though, that were "flattened" - and they believe both of these were uninhabited properties (no, I don't have the addresses). Several others are damaged badly, but those two were the only ones he described as "destroyed". Sheds and stuff are another matter.

There are some condos (the Point Condos?) that apparently are "blown out" on the upper East and West corners. Apparently you can see right through them.

The Old Courthouse had all its windows blown out.

The Library is "in fine shape", they tell me - although the big oak tree across the street blew down.

My (sort of) brother in law asked me to pass this message along: "If I could tell people anything, I'd want them to know this: somehow, it seems that every tree that fell down, managed to fall the only way it could have to avoid damaging anything.... either into streets, yards, or onto lines."

The guy who has a little corner store near my family is open for business, selling sodas and supplies til they're gone. That made me feel good.

I'll post more when I learn it. And to navelstone: the word I got was that anything right around the library came through pretty well. I hope that you and yours are as lucky as my family has been.

16 Comments:

  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger artopiahouse said;

    Thanks for letting us in on this. This is very helpful. My wife and I were about to open our yoga studio at the corner of Pelican and Verret in just a couple of weeks. Can anyone let us know if the house at 501 Pelican sustained serious damage? A quick look at windows and roof would be so much appreciated. You can write to us at artopiahouse@gmail.com -- artopiahouse



     
  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger fergie said;

    thank you and god bless you. Our home is at 439 Pacific (Pacific between Eliza and Alix). You have no idea how relieved I am to hear this, but still just so devastated at the total loss in the rest of new orleans. reports from the building where my business is at saint charles in jackson are also encouraging. the building has security so I am not worried about looting, even though it seems to be a madhouse down at the walgreens by houstons.

    but even with these two areas of my life intact physically, I know that business in the city is devastated and will be for months.



     
  • At 4:44 PM, Blogger Navyhurricanedodger said;

    Looking for news on 242 Vallette st...any word would be nice. Thanks for the support.



     
  • At 4:58 PM, Blogger gorditafer said;

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR WRITE-UP!

    Would you happen to have any news about 339 Belleville Street. There is a 100 yr-old live oak that we are worried about (along with our house!).

    Any info you could give would be greatly appreciated!



     
  • At 5:29 PM, Blogger ame said;

    If there is any way could someone if they are doing a 'walk by' give me some information on 416 eliza St? Thank you so very much for this site and the info I've been able to get so far.



     
  • At 6:17 PM, Blogger CANMURPHY said;

    Any chance on someone doing a walk by of 214 Delaronde? Just a quick survey of roof/windows would suffice and be greatly greatly appreciated! Thanks for all the great postings of information



     
  • At 6:38 PM, Blogger Raven said;

    I just wanted to say thank you for this write up. It's a great relief. I just hope that my home wasn't one of the one's leveled. I hope you're right about the uninhabited part. I live at 538 Pacific and all of this is a huge relief to me.

    Thank you very much and please, if you get any further information, do post it. I'll be checking this blog regularly now...



     
  • At 6:41 PM, Blogger Red said;

    If your friends can check out 276 Elmira in Algiers, I would be eternally grateful! Thanks... your postings are a blessing.



     
  • At 6:48 PM, Blogger Red said;

    I forgot to add my address: sophieh@alumni.sfu.ca. Thanks again!!



     
  • At 6:49 PM, Blogger Tom Arienne said;

    Thanks for letting us find out as well, seems to be the most consolidated spot for news on The Point, we will share with others. Looking for info on 420 Pacific please. Our hearts go out to all. We thank God the Point is not flooded and hope it stays that way and that the sun will continue to shine so that those of us with damage can get back to put tarps on it. Be safe.



     
  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger Nicole said;

    Thank you so much for the update. If you have time, could you pass on the condition of 326 Pelican? Even if you can't check specific houses, we really appreciate continuing updates on general conditions. Let us know if you need anything when we come back in...Peace



     
  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger Nicole said;

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  • At 1:17 AM, Blogger Shawn said;

    Polimom, you are the BEST! Thanks for your efforts. I live on Belleville, but am on temporary assignment in hte Middle East. I have been going crazy trying to get info. You have put my mind somewhat at ease. Is there any word on when residents will be allowed to return?



     
  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger Karen said;

    Is there any way I can get any info. regarding the houses on Delaronde Street?? It would be very much appreciated. - Thanks!



     
  • At 10:37 AM, Blogger bzybs3 said;

    any word on any homes on Lauradale Drive? I have family that lives there and have no way of finding them. thanks - bzybs3@aol.com



     
  • At 5:15 PM, Blogger 228 Verret said;

    I too am very grateful for this site. Thanks to everyone who participated in it. Of course, I too am curious about my home at 228 Verret Street. My email is lfjukes@hotmail.com. Again, deep thanks.



     
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