Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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So, The Lovely Jeep Wife and I are watching the news's last night. Flipping around from CNN, CNNHL, Fox, MSNBC, and Bloomberg. They keep talking about the HUGE loss of life in MS, LA and AL...What I don't get is, so far the count is about 100 people...now I hate it for those folks and thier families...but 30,000 people a year die of the flu, the stunami in Thailand and Sri Lanka killed over 300,000. And we lost 100 or so...and they had 3-5 DAYS OF WARNING! The whole coast from about Texas to Pensecola, FL was under MANDITORY EVACUATION! Why were these people still there?
Wouldn't everyone in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and the other "tornado alley" states love to have 3-5 days of warning that they were about to get hit by a tornado? How about those in California, maybe a day or two notice that they were about to get a 5.5 earthquake? You think if you live in CA, IN, IL, or IA and you had that kind of warning, and you were TOLD to leave, you might?
Now we have these 30,000-40,000 people at the Super Dome that are complaining that the Government isn't coming to help them fast enough...Seems to me that Sunday, the Government helped them a ton by telling them to leave the area. The same people that are bitching about the lack of Government help right now and the lack of services were the first to thumb their noses at the warnings...I feel a little like saying, "fend for yourself...you are too stupid to get my tax dollars".
Most of the residents that we are seing interviewed in New Orleans said they didn't think it was going to be so bad...Let's see here.
You live in a town that is below sea level, protected by a 20 foot levee, the storm surge is expected to be about 25-30 feet, then you have 30-40 foot waves on top of that, plus the weather weenies are calling for 15-20 inches of rain...you do the math...Already, the city's Mayor, the Governor, Congress persons...are talking about REBUILDING! You know...maybe we need to leave N.O. flooded, just the way it is, and use it as a lesson to everyone in the future, that you should not build where it takes the Corps of Engineers to keep you dry...
I do feel bad for everyone that lost EVERYTHING. I had major damage from Andrew (FL) in August 92, and I lost a house and a car during Iniki (HI) in September 92 (yes, I got hit twice in a month). I know the feeling of coming back to your house and seeing a post or two sticking out of the ground that was your house.
I hope for the saftey of our friends that are in the area. I still have several family members and friends that said they were evacuating, but we have heard nothing since Sunday...We are worried, but hopeful. We have a fellow Jeeper (from the Jeepster board) that makes his home in Bay Saint Louis. Nobody we know has heard from him. Big Al, we are all hoping for you. It looks like BSL is pretty much a gonner, hope you evacuated and are now safe.