Monday, August 29, 2005

To Jen in Natchez:
I have had been listening to the emergency response all night . No sounds coming out of Ocean Springs. The casinos near the bridge got hit real hard. The Beau Rivage supposedly is underwater up to the second floor. I haven't heard anything coming out of Ocean Springs Fire Rescue. No word yet on any communities out of Biloxi/Gulfport.
The rivers all crested above their banks and the bayous flooded. Some areas in Harrison County saw storm surge up to I-10.
Emergency crews are just trying to get in touch with each other and refueling.
I'll be headed east as soon as some of the wind dies down but I don't know how far I'll get.
There is also tin roof pieces all over the place and they are still whipping around hard. Like a couple hundred pounds of razor blades.
Anybody in the area-- just alerted that power is still running through transmission lines all over the county. Stay away- they are all hot. Some shelters have collapsed in Harrison County and several firehouses are flooded with firefighters trapped in them.