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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 03:54 PM
Howdy. My uncle Stephen has lived in New Orleans since 1969, and about a week and a half ago he and his wife went to check on a couple of her father's properties in the 7th Ward and the Lower 9th Ward. When you look at these pictures you will notice, from the dates on them, that they were taken not soon after the hurricane, but a few days ago -six months later.



 

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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 04:15 PM


Geeze Man..thats horrible...........I can't even begin to imagine how those folks have felt.......


and I think I got problems..........your posting that is a reminder of how much of a terrible ordeal those people have been through...and are still going through.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 04:21 PM
You are right, ODR. My uncle keeps telling me and telling me how bad it is and that they are feeling forgotten. New Orleans has about 188 square miles of land, and after the storm about 140 square miles were underwater at some point.

One of the costumes I saw on TV today at Mardi Gras was a guy dressed up as a blind person with dark glasses and a walking stick wearing a shirt that said "Levee Inspector."

 

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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 04:27 PM
well it sure is horrible, and you can go back and forth about who is to blame..but people are paying the price...geez

 

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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 04:32 PM
It's a shame I hope they get some help down there to rebuild their lives.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 04:33 PM
Man, those pics are terrible. Some news shows are trying to remind everyone how bad it is but seeing personal photos resonates more with me. It's amazing how calm the people still are when these conditions still persist 6 months later.

The other half of the media seems to think that Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street means all is well.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 05:01 PM
Really have made alot of progress... WTF!

 

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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 07:45 PM
That is amazing how it is still such a mess down there. And every day on the tv everyone is talking about Mardi Gras and how its getting better. I dont see it. Its a damn shame too because most of the people most effected and who have been down in NO for generations are the one's being forgotten about.
 

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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 09:02 PM
Everytime I look at them pics, I wanna cry sometimes! some of the victims will never be the same again!
 

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  posted on 2/28/2006 at 11:54 PM
it is a sad sitaution but for everyone else their lives move on.....im here in ft lauderdale, i had severe damage during HURRICANE WILMA, roof and water damage, enough to displave me to orlando for 3 weeks, and then back home to rent a house while i wait to get bids from contractors, money from the insurance companies.....now almost 4 + months ago...i sit in my rented home and pass my vacant house daily to check mail, which yesterday served me well by dropping off my BEACON tix, a well deserved and anticipated return to ny......see ya in a few weeks.... good luck to all other storm victims.. it aint easy!!

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  posted on 3/1/2006 at 06:52 AM
...and they are spending how much money on the repairs to the Superdome? It's all about priorities. but I am not sure what theirs are anymore. Anybody care to explain?

Willie Howard (from Mayberryetta, a suburb of Hot'lanta)

 

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  posted on 3/1/2006 at 08:48 AM
It's a shame.....

 

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  posted on 3/1/2006 at 02:07 PM
Don't Abandon Katrina Victims

From www.faithfulamerica.org



Six months have passed since the ruin caused by Hurricane Katrina. What we now know is that nature was responsible for only a part of the destruction. Government mistakes, missteps, neglect, and fraud, all played a part in the subsequent tragedy – much of which never should have happened.



On this six-month anniversary of the hurricane, FEMA has said it will EVICT the victims from hotels on March 15 even though it has NO plan in place to see that the families are housed properly.



That’s the plan?



Now, we’re not emergency management officials, but we do care about our brothers and sisters in need. FEMA, we would like to suggest this two-step process:



1) Secure Housing

2) Move people IN (not turn people out!)



It is time for us to speak up again. Please help by sending a letter to the Honorable Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security (under which FEMA operates) and urge that FEMA put a humane, realistic, and achievable plan in place instead of simply threatening victims with deadlines for eviction. We have created a sample letter for you below. Simply send it as is, or feel free to add your own comments and suggestions. Thoughts reflecting your faith tradition are certainly appropriate here.






Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Secretary Michael Chertoff


Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Do not abandon the victims of Katrina

Dear Secretary Chertoff,

Recently FEMA announced that on March 15 it will end payment for lodging of displaced Hurricane Katrina victims, amounting to an eviction notice for families who have already suffered far too much and for far too long.

This action does nothing for those who have, in most cases, lost everything they own, including their homes and it will only compound the numerous problems that still exist six months following the worst disaster in American history.

Having seen the destruction in Jerusalem, the Hebrew Prophet Nehemiah(2:18) called all of the people of the nation together to help rebuild the city. "Let us rise up and build" he says to the people. It goes on to say that "they set their hands to this good work."

This is a "Nehemiah moment" for America.

As a person of faith I am calling on you to abandon this course of action, cancel the deadline, and commit instead to a plan that
results in a humane, realistic, achievable, and satisfactory resettlement of those who have lost their homes in this tragedy.

Our goal should be to house the homeless, help restore dignity, rebuild the cities that were destroyed in this last hurricane season, and do it in a way that reflects the best of who we are as Americans. Eviction should not be an option.

Sincerely,

 

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  posted on 3/1/2006 at 03:15 PM
This is a national disgrace! Write your congressmen/ senators and let them know its unacceptable. We treat foreign governments better than we do our own people. Our government cares little for its people and this just proves it.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2006 at 03:31 PM
It is just a shame...

Thanks for sharing. We need to be reminded that it is not over.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2006 at 04:39 PM
Those photos are truly devastating.

Could you imagine putting your life on hold due to a situation totally out of your control?

When do you decide you have to start over somewhere else?

 

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  posted on 3/1/2006 at 06:41 PM
I've never been more ashamed of my country than after this disaster. It irks me to hear people say "Well, they were told to leave" or "They stayed becuase they were afraid to miss a welfare check." The Govt really &*#@ on our Lousiana brothers and sisters ..... and for all the world to see.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2006 at 07:51 PM
It's local, state, and feds. Honestly, as far as knowing this would happen, everybody did and always have. Ever since I started going down there 35 years ago I've heard about how the city is below sea level. Heck, everytime you see a cemetery you know it. I hate to say it, but Donald Trump is right concerning the business aspects of the city, as eveything follows the levees. If the levees aren't class five'ed up, then business will not run back into town.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2006 at 07:56 AM
Sadly, the president will not commit to Cat 5 levees. We are forgotten people.
 

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  posted on 3/2/2006 at 08:13 AM
let's keep this fourm in track - a reminder of what's left to be done, not a blame game. there is plenty of blame to share, but the key now is for us, including us posting, to get involved, give money or donate time. even a simple prayer can work wonders.

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  posted on 3/2/2006 at 08:26 AM
I'm not playing the blame game, just stating the facts. The fed builds the levees. And the President and Congress will not commit to Cat 5 levees, thus letting us die on the vine.

Derek is right, without significant levee protection most major businesses will not come back.

What is left to be done is the most important part, building good levees to protect the area. If the Corps had done that right the first time, we are tallking about far less damage. The 17th st Canal and the London Ave Canal should not have failed. Those are the facts.

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