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Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Real Deal

This post is really for those of you who are thinking of returning right away, whether to help on the Point, or simply to check up on things and get some personal items. I'm not trying to tell you what to do. You're all grown-ups... but you should know what's there when you make your decision.

I'm told that the looting in Algiers Point has been fairly small thus far, and pretty much confined to stores or businesses. Homes are being left alone still. And as you (hopefully) all know by now, Algiers still has running water, gas, and intermittent phone service.

However, there are groups of "young men" walking around in the streets, who don't live there. People are extremely tense.

Yesterday, when somebody tried to break into a neighborhood store, the owner was inside, and armed. I'm told he fired, but I don't think he hit anyone.

The carjacking issue is real, and very dangerous. This has been pretty widely reported on the national news, and as I mentioned earlier, they got Vinnie's van.

Here's how it went down: Vinnie was in his van, and a champagne-colored Corolla pulled up. It was driven by a young woman, and there were two passengers (young men). These guys approached Vinnie and asked him for directions, then hit him and took his keys. Vinnie had to jump out of the van. The guys had a maul.

I don't know, in all honesty, what I'd do if my house was there, and I was not. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do - but you should have your eyes open to the situation.


  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger marni said;

    Hi, this is Marni... I spoke with you yesterday. My friend Jason is safe, he left with a woman who lived next door to him. My other friend dave is sticking around. His landlord, who is a NO police officer, is bringing in generators and some supplies. Jason said that he never did get contact with your friend, but please let him (your friend) know that if straits become dire, he might be able to find help at that address that i gave you.
    best of luck and thanks again for all your help- it was a beacon of light in an otherwise dark situation to know that random strangers were willing to lend a hand. Please let me know if you come across any instances where i can do the same.

  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger Polimom said;

    Marni.... thank you....

  • At 4:54 PM, Blogger none said;

    are u sure?? because i know my aunt is going back to her house in jefferson parish but her friend is going with her so she can go to her house in algiers. i don't want them to get hurt so are u sure???

  • At 5:02 PM, Blogger Polimom said;

    "none" - I'm not there. I'm talking to people who are, regularly. This is what they are telling me.
    I don't know how to answer your fear. I can only tell you what I am told. I understand. Some of my people started the drive out today. I'm scared for them, too.

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