Thursday, September 01, 2005

4:44 p.m. CDT
I am looking through some of the blog posts. Many people are searching for conditions and damage in all three coastal counties of Mississippi.
Based on what I have seen and the information coming into the newsroom, here are some general thoughts.
1) For all those concerned with people and property south of the CSX railroad tracks, everything that we have heard and seen so far is that destruction is near total. For property, assume that it does not exist anymore. If it does, it is uninhabitable and probably missing most walls and/or roof. For people, hope that they moved further inland or to a shelter. Otherwise, they were probably swimming.
2) Between railroad and Pass Road in Harrison county- The rock fill that the tracks sat on acted as a berm. It slowed the surge, but did not contain it in many areas. Expect extensive flooding damage (in some places above the roof line).
3) North of Pass Road or 90. The surge did not get that far inland. Still many reports of flooding damage from rain and rising bayous/ waterways. Also expect wind damage.
4) North of I-10- seems to have faired relatively well.

This does not apply to Bay St Louis, which sounds like it was leveled like the places south of the railroad tracks. It also sounds like Picayune got hit very hard.

Water is coming back in some places. If you are in contact with people down here tell them DO NOT DRINK THE WATER. Several tons of frozen chicken was ejected from Gulfport docks into the water and surrounding communities. Also, at least 1,000 pounds of shrimp went into the water at D'Iberville. Both of those will release harmful bacteria into the water when they decay.
There are also the bodies of people and animals in Mississippi Sound. Though this is not the drinking water supply, contamination of aquifers are possible. Also, broken mains have allowed foreign substances into the municipal water supply.

Try not to flush toilets. As far as I know right now, very little power is being generated and sewage systems need electricity to power their pumps. Sewage will back up.

17 Comments:

Blogger romanlibbertz said...

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3:36 PM  
Blogger Paula Andrea Diaz said...

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3:48 PM  
Blogger Tasha said...

Thank you for keeping a record of all this. There has to be someone who survives, so they can tell the story. I grew up in Long Beach and Gulfport. There are pictures in your blog I haven't seen anywhere else. Thank you for posting them..and the story. I'm stuck in Tacoma WA reading everything I can...

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have family north of Picayune that we havent heard from since before Katrina hit. I also know they live near the Pearl River. Any information on what kind of damage the area experienced would be very helpful. Thanks!

4:01 PM  
Blogger carissalyn said...

your blog has been the first thing that has even helped me remotely wrap my head around what has happened. i think it is only now settling in for those of us so far away and unrelated to all the chaos that so much and so many are lost. thank you so much for recording this in such an honest and straightforwad manner.

good wishes, condolences, sympathy... don't do it justice. i may be in a los angeles office building, but i'm thinking of you and everyone dealing with this mess.

4:34 PM  
Blogger MKeller said...

Picayune and Pearl River were heavily damaged.

4:37 PM  
Blogger BUZZ ROCK RADIO BLOG said...

good job. to find loved ones and links to donate go to http://www.stormcenter.cjb.net.

-Tom

5:06 PM  
Blogger Dr.AnĂ­ron said...

Good Article..congradulations

5:14 PM  
Blogger brit-abroad said...

Best wishes to you all. I've read and watched for days in disbelief.

I've started trying to collate websites and blogs that offer help and information - there is so mcuh info out there online, yet how do so many in need see it??

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Thorny said...

I wasn't sure where to leave this on here, so here goes. I've made space available on my blog to post information about getting in contact with loved ones in the areas hit. Some people have already used it. This information will not be used except to help people get in touch with each other. Please, if you could, refer anyone who would like to post their information to http://spartan.blogs.com and let them know they can post their info in For the Missing section. Thanks so much and God speed.

Thorny <><

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Ladybug In TN said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been displaced by this hurricane. We cannot fathom the loss nor the visual of the entire area.
God be with you all. Our prayers are with you and our support is being sent to help in a small way.

Ladybug in Springfield, TN.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Fairspark said...

Best wishes and speedy recovery
My heart goes out to all those suffering

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got in touch with my brother this morning. He is a police officer in Ocean Springs and the phone lines are up again this morning and he actually said about half of that city has power back already.

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