New Orleans was nothing like Katrina during Issac earlier this week. Missing were the mobs at Police headquarters, The roof coming off the Superdome and the looting. Most of the night closed to 100 mph winds whipped between the buildings acting like a funnel. One television crew who told me if I parked closer to the building I wouldn’t be rocked back and forth like a fishing boat on the open gulf. After covering over forty hurricanes I stayed out away from the building in the parking lot. Just two hours later as the winds kept on the satellite truck which was snuggled close to the building away from the wind so his dish could be deployed learned the hard way why that was a bad idea. A rooftop air conditioner slid off the roof on top of the truck destroying the dish and cutting his roof allowing water to flow onto all the electronics.
Police patrolled the area along with armed National Guard Personnel.
After day break over 20 inches had fallen in New Orleans and it appeared the pumps now run by huge generators had not failed, little water remained in the street. Traffic lights littered the intersections as did collapsed scaffold on building under construction. Most sign companies knowing the storm was coming rolled the covers of their billboards up and safely stowed them. The ones that didn’t were destroyed.
No evacuations were ordered.
Leaving out of New Orleans over the bridge was a challenge as the winds kept the truck almost going sideways.
The West Bank was also the same minimal damage. Kenner police patrolled the area unlike Katrina when the flooding prevented it and forced them to park on the freeway. Several of the hotels that had damage before to their exteriors experienced the same damage once again.
The location of the mass helicopter and rescue operation during Katrina is now highway construction and a movie theatre.
Driving west on Interstate 10 water from Lake Pontchartrain white caps crashed under the freeway and as I approached Interstate 55 a slab of the bridge raised up just ahead of me. The Highway Patrol closed the freeway at that point diverting traffic to Interstate 55 north which truckers had a challenge with close to 70 mph. whipping over the 28 miles of elevated freeway.
LaPlace was a different story, while the floods stayed out of New Orleans , the levy kept the water from draining causing hundreds of homes to flood.
BELOW IS VIDEO FROM ISSAC
AUGUST 28, 2005 ENTERGY LEAVES CONROE FOR KATRINA
KATRINA HITS NEW ORLEANS
KATRINA THE FIRST RESCUES
KATRINA LAKEWAY SUBDIVISION FLOODING
ISSAC STILL PHOTOS