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New Orleans, Hurricanes and Poets - Update - Karen, see #435

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vlraynes
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125 posted 08-29-2005 11:23 PM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes

The news just keeps getting worse...

An official in Mississippi has said that there are at least
50 confirmed deaths, just in Harrison County, alone...

Katrina will be devestating to so many...
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126 posted 08-29-2005 11:42 PM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

ohhhhhhh...there you are

a long double and I miss all this
so good to see you karen
hugggggggggggggggg

and yes...this nasty storm...it isnt over by a long shot
so many people going to be affected by this..
unreal

tired relieved sag here

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127 posted 08-29-2005 11:42 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Karen, Twist and Dixie...very glad to know you are all ok!  
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128 posted 08-30-2005 01:54 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I'm pretty tired folks. And it's going to be a long, hard, haul. As of right now, the greater new orleans metropolitan area is under martial law due to the obvious dangers of the this situation.

We are grateful to be alive, of course, but now we have to get our nephews out of there. The roads are blocked to even emergency crews--live wires are down in still flooded streets, trees and debris and as far as I am aware, the pumps that drain this standing water are in disrepair (pumping station lost their roof)and the tap water is contaminated due to a break in the water main. So even if my family was miraculously unscathed, our neighbors sadly, got hit hard. (and I'll have to see our houses to believe there was no damage, too.)

It may be a long time before we're allowed to return. And I would like my nephews with me.  

My family has been extremely fortunate (an understatement I think, miraculously blessed is more like it) but please continue prayers for all of the gulf coast areas affected.

We were and remain fortunate to have resources not available to many other families who remain in distress.

Please remember them with donations to the Red Cross, who does a fine job of finding those who are most needy. Donations of clothing, canned goods, well, just contact them, they'll tell you what is most needed.

As for me and the crew? We're looking for a place with a pool, that likes dogs.

And please continue prayers, as the body counts have only begun, and tomorrow's light will prove the true enormity of this catastrophe.

I may be on the road tomorrow, but I'll check in when I'm able.

And twist? I know you have to be getting edgy, and if it is true we'll be homeless for awhile, we're going to have to get together.  I miss you.

Hug mom for me. (I know she'll cringe but do it anyway, k?)

nite, folks...and thank you for your prayers. (and Reb? It's fine with me if you just brush your teeth left handed instead. (chuckle)

dream sweet good poets

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129 posted 08-30-2005 02:14 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Dixie, I am sooooo glad you are okay.  Yep, we need to keep our prayers up.  Has anyone heard from Toerag?  Lighting a candle for him now.   ....jo

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130 posted 08-30-2005 02:17 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Karen, I'll keep your nephews in my highest hopes and prayers.  Good luck with your apartment search.   .....jojo
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131 posted 08-30-2005 02:43 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I feel so sick jo jo.

CNN has just reported that there are people in the 9th ward area still trapped on roofs and attics, and their cries for help have to go unheeded for the time being, as rescue operations have been suspended due to the dangers of working in the dark. Private citizens who own boats are working to do what they can to assist.

And it gets worse, CNN also reported a breech in the levee system of Lake Ponchartrain (which happens to be ABOVE sea level) so as you can imagine, water levels in the streets of new orleans are rising again, at about the rate of an inch an hour.

University Hospital (otherwise known as "Charity" Hospital) may be forced to evacuate, as well as Tulane Medical Center.

There seems to be no end and I feel heartbroken and helpless right now.

I'm praying this is all misinformation.

But then? I've been hoping my entire life this year was just a bad dream too.

somebody wake me...

and spiked? If you can read this, check in, will ya? Call G on his cell. I'm worried.

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132 posted 08-30-2005 02:58 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Karen, I've been watching CNN, too.  The news is grim, but I guess it could be much worse.  It is a catastrophe for sure.  I just heard that the ambulances cannot even get to the hospital.  No matter what we think about being in control of our own lives (or not), nature always has a way of showing us who the boss really is, huh?  Anyhow, Sugar....you get some rest.  I'll stay on vigil for ya, k?   jojo
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133 posted 08-30-2005 03:06 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

there's not going to be any sleep now.

That last update reported an inch every FIVE minutes. The breech is a two block radius.

I think I shouldn't even look back, jo.

I may turn into a pillar of salt.
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134 posted 08-30-2005 03:12 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

OMG, Karen....it is just getting worse.  I have a friend, single woman in her late 50s (not all that well) who lives in Biloxi....very concerned about her.  
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The pillar of salt analogy seems like the perfect analogy right now.  Are you on yahoo messenger, Karen?
vlraynes
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Karen?...

I thought I was going to make it an early night tonight...

and I did try... but, though I'm tired, I couldn't sleep...
and something was nagging me to check back in here...

Now I know why...

I'm pulling up the live coverage again,
and will be watching and listening...

I am so grateful that you, Twist,
and your whole family were spared...

and yes.. it truly IS a miracle...

I hope you're able to get your nephews out soon...

and I do continue to pray for so many others that are still feeling the wrath of Katrina...

Thank you for continuing to check in as you can...

Love you, my sis...
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137 posted 08-30-2005 03:26 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Sister Misc'e and my Mom and the rest of the family all live in the Ohio Valley.  I'm hoping it doesn't get too bad there.  Looks like it is slowing down some but it is still scheduled to dump a lot more rain.  They live in the part of Ohio that's dubbed tornado alley.  

My heart is breaking for so many that it is not fathomable really ... heard a reporter on CNN earlier tonight and she could not hold back her tears talking about hearing people crying for help and not being able to do anything for them.  
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138 posted 08-30-2005 03:28 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

naw..the pc is a tad limited in capability here.

sighing

so I'm popping in and outta Pip while looking for "vacancies" online.

I'd better get some sleep tho, as you suggested. Hopefully I'll have better luck in the morning.

OH. (checking the time)

Later this morning.

ta for now, and I love ya lady.
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139 posted 08-30-2005 03:30 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

love ya, too.....nite nite
vlraynes
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I hear ya, iliana... it truly is heartbreaking...

I had been watching the live feed from wdsu.com, most of the day... and all 3 of the anchors were getting choked up when they were showing the devestation in the New Orleans area... and especially so, when they were showing video of some of the rescues...

One of them just couldn't hold back the tears and finally took a break for awhile...

My heart goes out to everyone concerned...

and Karen?...

yes...try and get some sleep...

Love you...
vlraynes
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142 posted 08-30-2005 03:49 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Vicki...what can ya do....I guess, be very, very grateful for what we have while we've got it, huh?  Don't you live down that way, too?  Hope you and yours all stay safe if so.  I'm going to try and get some sleep, too.  Nite, nite.   ......jo
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I just heard Biloxi is absolutely a mess....people wandering with no place to go....18wheelers piled on top of cars....the whole beach front destroyed.  Everyone please add Carla to your list of prayers....that's my friend in Biloxi.  
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Yep... that's about all we can do... be grateful.. and pray for others who are not so fortunate...

but no... I'm not in that area...

I'm in Phoenix...

and the only 'family' that I have who are affected by this are Karen, Twist and the rest of their families...

Like I said, though... my heart goes out to all concerned... they are ALL in my thoughts and prayers...

Am listening to the live local coverage now, and it sounded bad enough when I signed off earlier...

but now?...

well... I just pray...
vlraynes
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Carla will absolutely be included in my thoughts and prayers...

I hope you  hear something from her soon...

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Serenity,so glad you are keeping your spirits up.(At least keeping up a front.) Hope you get your nephews together with you all. Dixie,Toerag and Carla , others involved, know our prayers are with you all.This is going to be sadder when daylight hits and we see the true devastation and the horrors people have had to go through. A lot of deaths being reported from Biloxi. Too much to even take in right now. Love to all. martyjo
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I just read THIS REPORT from cnn.com... concerning the break in the levee and the resulting increase in flooding...

Charity Hospital has, indeed, begun evacuating it's 90 patients...

and now?...

this is what's being said about Tulane Hospital...


Quote:


Tulane hospital already has moved its emergency room to the second floor, she said. It has been on emergency generator power for the last 24 hours, but if water continues rising at the current rate, that power will be lost, swamping the power source.

"We have patients on respirators," she said. There are more than 1,000 people in the hospital, and most of the patients are critically ill, meaning they will have to be evacuated by air, she said.




and still praying...
vlraynes
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148 posted 08-30-2005 05:19 AM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes


Well, folks... I've watched, listened to, and read about
all the death and destruction that I can handle for one day/night...

So am gonna go ahead and get some sleep...

and will be dreaming of a brighter tomorrow for all of these folks...

Sleep well, all...
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~In my thoughts & Prayers~~~

~baby

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