Thursday, September 22, 2005

New Orleans Under Tropical Storm Warning

The National Hurricane Center announced a tropical storm warning for New Orleans as hurricane Rita passes the gulf coast. Oil refineries are in danger and Galveston is could be destroyed; but preparedness is at a new high. No one is taking Rita lightly, and I think we will see an extraordinarily coordinated disaster effort. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco announced she wants 15,000 federal guard troops to help with evacuation procedures, as she encourages western Louisiana residents to go north. Reports coming in from Texas show that millions are still stuck in the Houston area, as highways are standing still for over 100 miles. The Army Corp of Engineers is saying even 3 inches can overwhelm the significantly weakened levee system. Most areas can handle 6-9ft storm surge, but any more will damage the levee system. Let’s hope Rita pushes west.


Anonymous Jonah Lee said...

Hurricanes suck.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3-5 inches of rain forcast for the New Orleans area. I think what we will see is localized flooding in regions that have flooded before but nothing of the magnitude that New Orleans experienced with Katrina. If more than 6 inches fall, the levees could be compromised again and because Lake Pontachtrain has not been able to lower its level could flood a significant portion of the city that was flooded beforehand.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea, hurricanes should only be sucked through a straw ;-)

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is my belief that the end of the world is upon us, all these hurricanes and whatnot, next China is going to take over the world and the avian flu is going to kill us all

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, that's real positive...thanks Chicken Little

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope, pray or wish that the hurricane weakens significantly and/or does minimal damage wherever it lands. Please, lets not think - better it damage some place else and not our New Orleans.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering how long it would be before that story made its way onto this blog.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

localized flooding?

the pumps in nola have been shut down and the personnel running them relocated till the storm passes

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if Scoot Cowen moved to Thule, Greenland they would get their first tropical storm. Time to dump this Jonah.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTH, you're blaming Cowen for the hurricane hitting Texas? Blame global warming, blame anything, but don't blame ONE person. That's insane. An earthquake hit my town the night before I left for Tulane, and Katrina hit NOLA. Is that my fault? No. Is it Cowen's fault another storm entered the gulf? No. Grow up. Funny haha, sure. But please, take it somewhere else. Hurricanes just suck.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are willing to take a category five hurricane about to destroy entire towns to bash Cowen. People are sick.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Let's hope, pray or wish that the hurricane weakens significantly and/or does minimal damage wherever it lands. Please, lets not think - better it damage some place else and not our New Orleans.

I don't want to see anyone get this hurricane - but are you sure it's really better that it hit another city? New Orleans is already a mess and the people are safely out of there now -- seems like it might be better than having what just happened to New Orleans happen to another untouched town - just a thought.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Jack the Smart Ass said...

Now there's an idea! Pray that all future hurricanes hit New Orleans. Until all the filth is washed away?

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't blame global warming. Hurricanes happened. They have been around before man, and they will be around after man is long gone.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a lighter and more positive note:
Last night in Omaha, Nebraska 25 high school students and their parents gathered to hear about Tulane.
Peter Shapiro spoke, as well as John Williamson, a local alum. There was a TU senior who is attending college here in Omaha, and I, the parent of a third year architecture student was asked to speak and field questions.
The questions: very little regarding the weather or the reconstruction: apparently these parents and students read the papers, watch the news and trust the university and Scott Cowen to care as much about their chilrens
health and safety as they do.
The questions ranged from retention rates of both students and faculty, transferring between various colleges within the university, athletic and academic scholarships and other typical prospective student and parent concerns.
I encourage all of you, if you can be honest and upbeat to attend these prospective student events in your area.
Proud mother of a Tulane student!

6:05 AM  
Blogger jpoldo said...

Yes, admissions people are currently visiting high schools. If you want to speak one-on-one with a TU representative, find out when they're visiting your high school. Ours was yesterday and by arriving early we were able to ask questions w/o disrupting their presentation. Our rep, Liz Seely, was very well informed on the campus and school policy. She confirmed that the dorms have been very well guarded since the disaster hit. While overall damage was light, the Admissions building suffered the most broken glass. It was pleasing to see that everyone was upbeat.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were talking about this the other day and came to the conclusion that Scott Cowen sold his soul to the devil to become President. The devil came to collect in the form of demoting Tulane to D-3 and ruining its sports program forever, however Scott caved and the Devil promised he would get his. Now the Devil has sent 2 hurricanes to the current locations of Scott Cowen. I wouldn't be suprised if there's an earthquake in Dallas tomorrow.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parts of New Orleans are flooding. The industrial canal area- waist deep and rising quickly.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:22 AM  
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8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, just wow.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want to be negative, just trying to be realistic, but how in the world can TU open in the spring with the levee systems in such bad shape? NOLA is flooding, again, and hurricane season doesn't end until November. We have 2 more months of this mess. God help NOLA.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more levees have broken because of the TS conditions, have they?

I can't bring myself to watch the news because, if I saw it there and saw someplace that I know, I might have to cry... or have a total nervous breakdown and have to drop out of my host school... Wait... maybe that second parts not so bad... Well, the dropping out at least...

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to second the "Hurricanes suck" comment.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous DobyGillless said...

It takes two to fight. One to be stabbed and one to stab. Such nice boys too

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Tulane in terms of these canals? Can anyone help describe the layout here - I know it is in "Uptown" but can someone help explain these things to those of us that were only there 4 or 5 hours? Thanks so much!

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the levees haven't been breached, they're being overtopped. According to the engineers, that makes a real difference, since there are no holes to repair that would cause continued flooding once the lake level drops again. The wind is whipping the water levels up on the Mississippi. Still stinks.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


haha oh man that made me laugh, as much as i do love tulane. i hope to see everyone back there in the spring and that everyone who is fighting just count your blessings, be content with what is going on now and return to the tulane issue in a few months when the school reopens. there is no point in bickering and fighting amongst ourselves, just have fun - wherever you are. it may not be new orleans, you may not want to go back, but this is your life c'est la vie they say so just make the most of it!
alright thanks everyone

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard a levee is broken and the 9th ward is flooding. This would seem like a repeat of Katrina. If the levees hold on the river side, the school should not suffer any additional damage. But, remember that the equipment and teams are already in place to rebuild that levee and the pumps are not all under water. It will be a longer delay before the city can rebuild though, which could delay a re-opening for the Spring semester. Cowen has indicated he could have a delayed start for Spring, so don't count the semester out yet.

10:24 AM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

At 9:39 AM Anonymous said...

"Where is Tulane in terms of these canals? Can anyone help describe the layout here - I know it is in "Uptown" but can someone help explain these things to those of us that were only there 4 or 5 hours? Thanks so much!"

There hasn't been any flooding in areas that haven't flooded before.

Right now (1:37pm CDT), only the Industrial cancel has been overtopped in spots and breeched in spots. They are expecting 8-9' of water to flood the areas of the lower 9th Ward and St. Bernards that had already been decimated. Fortunately, the areas had already been evacuated.

The 17th Street Canal which sits on the Jefferson-Orleans border was breeched during Katrina on the Orleans side which led to the flooding at Tulane and the rest of the city. This canal has been reinforced with steel piers and has been holding. As long as that holds, Tulane is ok. The London Street Canals were also breeched during Katrina, but they were also holding and I hear are not as important to the school as 17th street is.

The school is Uptown, on relatively high ground (above sea level). There will probably be some 'normal' flooding that will be removed once the pumps are back on line.

IMHO - the danger with Rita in New Orleans is not from flooding, but from flying debris thats lying around the streets from Katrina. Its not life-threatening, but could cause some damage.

It appears New Orleans had a better evacuation plan for cars than Houston did. Houston didn't put in Contraflow until late yesterday. It looks like New Orleans learned some lessons from Ivan.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous jas5453 said...

New Orleans didn't evac 1 million people. Compounding Houston's problems were people taking all of their cars and possessions. An apples and oranges comparison. I am impressed with how Texas is handling things. Maybe they should annex LA.

12:22 PM  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

jas5453 said...

"New Orleans didn't evac 1 million people. Compounding Houston's problems were people taking all of their cars and possessions. An apples and oranges comparison. I am impressed with how Texas is handling things. Maybe they should annex LA."

Texas couldn't handle things worse than NOLA and Louisiana did, could they? It looks like you are setting the bar pretty low. lol

Another one with the fruit comparison. Time to come up with a new one. You can compare the NOLA and Houston evacuations if you put some thought into it, but I guess thats asking too much.

6:25 PM  
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