View Full Version : OT/Hurricane damage update????

08-17-2001, 03:47 AM
Sort of on topic, I heard the NRA is sueing the N.O. mayor and the Chief of police, Becouse of the weapons confiscations during Katrina, something Like Takeing away the rights of people protecting themselves.

The tame Wolf !

02-28-2006, 11:21 PM
Don't hear much about this anymore. Bet you're not done cleaning up yet!
So...weird, Joe...anyone else on the board care to say how it's going?

02-28-2006, 11:38 PM
Russ, Still working at the cleanup and repairs. Have started on the inside of my house now. Kitchen is all torn apart. I'm making the repairs and updating things as I go. Finally have the outside cleaned up and in reasonable shape but still a little left to do. Several of the neighbors still have not done much so I have trees down in the back of me, beach side. I pushed about and acres worth of debris back on that land. Downtown still has a lot of cleanup to do. They are starting to bulldose some of the remains of houses now and some repairs and new construction has started but not much. New code have not been issues yet so permits are very hard to come by. Glad I don't need any to make my repairs. Only about 3 businesses have opened in temporary locations. Materials are getting a little easier to get now. Many of the roofs have been replaced but many more still to go. It will be years before we have any type of normal life again.


03-01-2006, 01:17 AM
My cajun buddie called me tonight and he said it will take years , he is down in NO working away.

03-01-2006, 12:00 PM
Joe...The little bit we hear on the news now doesn't speak much about the recovery.
I'm having a hard time putting it all into context...I guess anyone would unless you could actually see it down there.
It's got to be an overwhelming feeling to see that everyday but I guess even small improvements are a step in the right direction.
I never thought of the new building codes. I suppose they'd have to do something. Too bad it will be a government decision. I'm sure, like anywhere else, it will take far longer than it should with them at the helm.
One thing that strikes me...when the twin towers collapsed they where all over how big the landfill site would be for the debris.
Nobody has mentioned how big it will be for the huge areas involved down there.
It's mindboggling really.
Here's hoping for some extra help for you all down there!

03-01-2006, 03:47 PM
Having been down there end of last year, I only hope the next hurricane season that starts in about 100 days is mild, spins out to sea, misses everybody on the way north, and never reaches Greenland.

Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there no sweeter words than "I told you so."

03-01-2006, 06:10 PM
There were over 90,000 square mile affected. THe truck haul debris no stop and it goes to a landfill about 15 miles from here where they burn it around the clock. If I get a chance I will take some pictures of what it looks like around my house today. Remember we were the lucky ones that still have houses so we are much further along than most. The codes won't affect me because I am at 30 feet above sea level. If you were less that 28 feet you got water. A lot of the town is less than 15 feet. These are the ones that the new code will affect. You have to see it to believe what is here.


03-01-2006, 07:23 PM
Slow going Russ,got to do what you can when you can.
My roof is dried in on the house here,folks house in town didn't loose and shingle,but it wasn't finished from a remodel when the storm hit.
When I get my shop put back together here it will make things easier,got to remodel this house when I get more time.I figure I'll be finished here in about 4 maybe 5 months.

As for the cleanup,here are a few numbers I heard from one of the larger contractors yesterday.

Hancock county,Ms 7.6 million cubic yards of debris moved so far.
Pearl River county,Ms 9.7 million yards.

I haven't heard what the other coast counties have moved,but it will be the same or more and they aren't even half finished yet.
It's a shame we can't burn the debris in a boiler,we would have free electricity for a year or better.You would cry if you had seen all the timber that went in the fire at the local burn site.

Power company numbers were-

Hancock and Peral River counties 127,000 poles and related equipment replaced so far.I can't say enough about the speed that they got us back online here.A little over four weeks is simply amazing considering the damage.

Your Old Dog
03-01-2006, 08:38 PM
I suppose I can safely say I speak for everyone on the board of wishing you folks all the best and that you don't hit any snags in the rebuilding.

I enjoyed the grit I heard in some of the locals talking about Mardi Gras. Sounded like tough folks.

03-01-2006, 09:26 PM
Here is a link to some before and after pics of landmarks along the coast.


03-01-2006, 11:35 PM
Darin...that's horrible...worse than I could have imagined.
Things you'd never think of, like the old graveyard. The road along the beach...a pile of asphalt rubble.
Some of the beautiful old buildings. I've never seen any like some of them and they are flattened now.
Whew!!! You guys need a break today...
I just hope the new seasons are calmer than the past one.

03-02-2006, 12:23 PM
Here are some pictures of what Katrina did and how it looks today. Glad I had a tractor, generator and well. The back of my lot is 1200 feet off the beach and at 30 foot elvevaton about the highest on the coast.

The Gulf of Mexico can be seen through the trees today
Back of house today
Front today
Front today
Debris pushed away from shop door to get tractor out.
Looking toward house after drive cleared

Now the work on the inside has started. Over 100 feet of roof ridge vent was blown off the house and the rain water got inside of all rooms. Remember that I was one of the lucky ones to still have a house.


03-02-2006, 12:39 PM

Thanks for the post.. I got to say - I don't think it an accident that you were 30' up off sea level. Were you really thinking ahead when you got the place?


03-02-2006, 04:06 PM
dvidio, Yes it was not an accident. I have three pieces of property that are all close to the beach and all made it through Katrina with only minor damage, at least they are there and can be saved. When you live down here it is not if a hurricane is going to hit you but when. My properties held up because of the elevation so no water and how they are built, not standard construction. The shop has a lot of extra steel and thicker gage steel roofing. With my generator and well I was able to supply water to many of the people and my house became the community shower house for weeks after the storm. I was one of the few with stationary generator and the only one with a deep well in this area. All was for storm preperation as is the tractor.


03-02-2006, 04:42 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">With my generator and well I was able to supply water to many of the people and my house became the community shower house for weeks after the storm.</font>

You're a good man, Joe.

03-02-2006, 10:06 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Arcane:

With my generator and well I was able to supply water to many of the people and my house became the community shower house for weeks after the storm.</font>

You're a good man, Joe.

I'll second that!

03-02-2006, 10:09 PM
A few old pics of my house-

That's it under the trees http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


Looking down the road-


03-02-2006, 10:11 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by wierdscience:
You're a good man, Joe
I'll second that!</font>

Well, compared to you, of course he is! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif

[This message has been edited by Joel (edited 03-02-2006).]

03-03-2006, 10:33 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Joel:
Well, compared to you, of course he is! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif

[This message has been edited by Joel (edited 03-02-2006).]</font>

Oh,that's witty coming from the "Electric Cowboy" http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-06-2006, 10:58 AM