Friday, September 02, 2005

More News

The following people safely evacuated:

Vatanna Gaines' family from New Orleans East are headed up to join Vatanna and Katherine.

Michelle LaFleur's family evacuated.

Richard Monterosso and his family.

Latest news on the core group of zoo employees is that everyone is ok but low on food.

There are a lot of things I want to post that people have sent, but the computer is having problems and crashing. I will be on a bus all day tomorrow. May post again in 24 hours. Here's the text of one of Natasha's comments from yesterday.

I have just spoken to my mother who has flown back to Baton Rouge to get her boyfriend, James, and pets out of Louisiana. We are going to do everything we can to get her out of there; we'll even fly to Baton Rouge and drive her out if we have to. She is tired and upset but all right. James and her animals are all right too- the hotel where they are staying will not let the animals in the room. The animals (5 cats, 1 dog) are spending the day in the van in cages in 100 degree heat. They sneak them in to the room at night to clean them up. James has been afraid that the hotel will kick them out because of the animals. There are so many people looking for rooms that they would and could.

Most scary is what I've just heard from a friend of ours still in Algiers Point. I spoke to him on the phone when I was looking for my mom. He said there is an armed militia in the Point and that there has been gunfire and bloodshed. There is a zone from the bus barn to Belleville school that is being patrolled and is considered fairly safe. He said they just heard gunfire there so they think they shot a looter. There are helicopters flying overhead all the time.

He said that Oakwood mall is burning down to the ground. There was a problem with people camped there. There was not enough water pressure for the police to put out the fire so they are just letting it go.

He was reluctant to leave and was trying to tell me that it is not so bad. He said they have running water but they could use more food supplies. He said there is a guy in the "Algiers Point Militia" who wore camoflauge and had night vision glasses and who was patrolling the area at night. He said that it is like the movie BladeRunner.

- Natasha


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September 02, 2005 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Holly (Rice) Sexton said...

Jennifer (or should I say "Bean" Sprout? Just kidding) -
This is Holly Rice (now actually Sexton) also from the "Best bank" (that's for you Shokufeh) - I just wanted to thank you for your posted updates, etc. Although I'm in Michigan (Ann Arbor) and my family is all in Shreveport now, we have been eager to hear news about Algiers as several of our family friends are still in the area. It is also good to hear the reports about others who have made it out. As I'm sure it is for all of us (especially those further away) - this is an incredibly sad and frustrating time and I have appreciated having another place to go and get information, especially about those I know. Thanks again, Holly
p.s. A question that has come up in my family, do we know why Belle Chasse Naval air base is not being used as part of the relief effort, especially since the CCC seems to be completely operational? Thought some of you might have some ideas.

September 02, 2005 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Natasha said...

The National Guard are in Algiers and going door to door telling people they have to leave. Also, in Algiers Point there is a call for the use of anyone's working car with keys stashed somewhere. They need a way to drive out. If you can help see the blog below and polimom's private email to reply.

September 02, 2005 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Natasha said...

Polimom now has a website that is being built as a clearing house for Algiers information. Also, if anyone is able to help with administrative support she could use some help.

September 03, 2005 2:06 PM  

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