Friday, September 02, 2005

Exciting News From Uptown

This description of uptown was recently sent to me in an email, and it sounds very positive:

My brother, Drew, is still in his home at Napoleon and Annunciation (he's got plenty of food and water). He's got a fully functioning land line, so I've been in frequent contact with him (I'm in St. Louis).
Yesterday I posted his observations upon walking through uptown. Here's today's report:

Drew went to help evacuate some hospice patients at St. Charles General Hospital this afternoon (after he learned of a call for volunteers), so he didn’t have time to do an extensive walkabout today (plus it rained lightly for a few hours). But he did get around a bit: he went Magazine from Napoleon to Amelia St. up to Prytania and Prytania back to Napoleon. As he reported yesterday, there is no significant damage (only one building on Prytania had significant damage). Water has receded from St. Charles several blocks towards Claiborne (it never got south of St.
Charles), and they’re still evacuating people at St. Charles and Napoleon – there are lots of buses.

During his walk he saw no looted buildings anywhere. No evidence of vandals or roving gangs. Increased presence of National Guard and police. Uptown seems quiet and peaceful.

Drew cannot stress highly enough how on his walk through major and side streets he has not seen any looting or suspicious activity. Perhaps if somebody left a 12-pack of cold beer on their front steps, it would go missing, but other than that, there has been no looting of residences that he has observed. Drew expects that looting is probably happening in some places, but it is grossly exaggerated by the media. Most people in Uptown are simply not that desperate.

Both of us hope everyone reading this is safe. Our hearts goes out to those who are still waiting for rescue, food and water. I wish I could bring it to you myself.


Anonymous room39 said...

Thank you for your post on the uptown status. We have family and friends in that neighborhood who are hoping to come home to rebuild.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How badly was it flooded on St. Charles?

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi this post gives me hope.
I am located in Montreal / Canada.
My brother Iulian Silviu Alb and his wife Alina Alb are
phd (business) and post doc (physics/chemistry)
students at Tulane University.
They lived on 1028 S. Carrolton.
During the storm and immediately after, they stayed
in the Tulane University building.
I don't have any news from them since
August 30, 6h30pm.
They weren't alone. During the storm there
were about 20 people on the floor were they stayed.
Does anybody know what happened to them ?
I understand that Mr. Cowan was able to leave
New Orleans. Do other student/staff/people stranded
there did the same ? When ? How ?
If you have any info, please email me

Thank you,
Cristian Alb

12:13 PM  
Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post on uptown status, it is comforting. A friend of mine had to leave on short notice on the Tulane buses to Jackson State. Unfortunately, he had to leave his dog inside his house with a lot of water and food(nobody knew back then how long this would last).
If there is a kind soul out there with the means to go check on this creature near Spruce & Dante please let me know through this email:

1:15 PM  
Blogger swhite said...

My friend owns a few businesses uptown. Does anyone know if St. Joe's bar was looted??

10:24 PM  
Blogger Where Y'At said...

Thank you for trying to relief our anxiety.
I live on Audubon Blvd and Willow by Tulane. I've sleepless, safe in Florida,extremely worried about my neighbors Ben and Mary Maynard.
They tried to contact my husband's cell phone from their house on Tuesday. Their line is not working anymore.
Has anyone know the situation on our street? If so, please let me know.
We flood with an hour of heavy rain on a normal summer day.
Just want to make sure they are safe. Thanks!

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