Aug. 31st, 2005

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Aug. 31st, 2005 11:25 am
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Having just been to New Orleans about six months ago, it is weird to see all the scenes of hurricane destruction; it adds a concreteness that I usually find lacking in most natural disasters. The very same streets that were awash with alcohol and Mardi Gras revelers are now inundated with murky floodwaters and looters.

Of course, making it even more concrete is that I haven't heard from my good friend Molly, who lives there. I'm assuming that she evacuated, but she is an anti-authority hippy type with unreliable transportation, so she might not have gotten out in time. She doesn't have a cell phone and attempts to call her landline just give an expected "All circuits are busy". She lives about 10 miles west of New Orleans proper, but works in the hotel that is connected to the Superdome, so there is a chance that she is in that group. It looks like the current plan is to move those people to the Huston Astrodome.

I checked a couple of hurricane blogs and it looks like her suburb fared better than a lot of places. I'm obviously relieved that the storm weakened and veered a little east before it hit. Now to wait.

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