Archive for September 3rd, 2005

9/3/2005: 7:23 pm: Hurricane Katrina

My mother spoke with a neighbor in north Biloxi who said that water service was restored this afternoon to their neighborhood (just north of the Sunkist subdivision).

Update Sept. 3, 10:30 pm: Hopefully, no one is drinking that water, though. I just read a story at WLOX.com about some people in Biloxi potentially getting dysentery after drinking tap water on Friday.

: 4:20 pm: Hurricane Katrina

I found a link on the City of Biloxi website that led to a portal for viewing land parcels in Biloxi. You can search by building address or by owner.

The Coast Civil Defense and Emergency Management officers released updated hurricane evacuation zone maps in 2001. That page on the WLOX site has links to the maps for most of the coastal cities. Using the above parcel viewer and the evacuation zone map for Biloxi, you can make a reasonable guess as to the likelihood that someone’s house survived.

Most of Zone A, as one would expect, got hit pretty hard.

: 2:47 pm: Hurricane Katrina

My mother and the friends she evacuated to Mobile with drove back to Biloxi this morning. Although the front of the house was fine, the back patio door blew in, despite having a dead bolt lock. There was water damage to the carpet and an oak table, as well as a bunch of dirt and leaves that blew into that part of the house. Some photos were damaged. Oddly enough, some of leaves were blown throughout the house, with a small number actually being blown up the stairs and onto my Mom’s bed. If you knew all the 90 degree turns the leaves would have had to have made to get upstairs to her bed, you would be as amazed as I am at that. Otherwise, the house came through pretty well. One big pine tree on the lot north of her’s fell down and crushed part of a fence. Fortunately, it didn’t hit anything else. She lives on Popps Ferry Rd near North Country Club Lane.

One of her friend’s house had a roof leak and a tree down across the driveway. The other friend’s house had a lot more damage, though. The roof was punched through in several places, and the ceiling had caved through into some rooms. He is having it covered with a tarp for now by a guy who came down from Nashville with a bunch of very large tarps. I think the neighborhood her friends live in is called River Place.

Since there is still no power or water service, they headed back to Mobile. There are rumors that north Biloxi may get power back as early as Tuesday. She said there were power company trucks working on the lines everywhere they went.

: 1:22 am: Hurricane Katrina

Someone has put together a Google Map that lets you add markers for locations where you know information about buildings or people. There are already a lot of markers on the map.

Update 10/14/05: I just ran across a page at Google Maps Mania that lists a lot more sites that have integrated Google Maps with geographical data related to Katrina.

: 1:02 am: Hurricane Katrina

The husband of one of my Mom’s friends drove by my Mom’s house today and reported back that the only obvious exterior damage was a few missing shingles. Fortunately, she’d had a bunch of work done on the exterior of the house recently. While that might seem like having it rain after you washed your car, I suspect that a lot of the cedar siding on the second story got nailed or screwed down tighter while they were doing the work.

My biggest worry was that one of the big pine trees on the next lot had come crashing down on the house. Tornadoes were a big worry, too. Not long after a hurricane comes on shore, it begins to spin off small tornadoes. Some of these tornadoes can have winds approaching 200 miles per hour. Around ten years ago, a metal shed from our back yard in Biloxi got ripped away and ended up far away from the house in a tree. The winds from that particular hurricane definitely weren’t strong enough to have done that. Fortunately, these tornadoes tend to be fairly narrow and to dissipate quickly.


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