Katrina’s Damage at a Glance

CNN has put together a quick summary of the impact of Katrina including:

  • estimated 80 percent of New Orleans under water, up to 20 feet deep in places. Water still rising…
  • …crews put aside the counting of [dead] bodies to concentrate on rescuing the living, many trapped on rooftops and in attics.
  • …3,000 people rescued by boat and air.
  • At least 110 [people dead in Mississippi]
  • Flooding reached 11 feet in Mobile, matching record set in 1917 [in Alabama]

Why New Orleans is Flooded

They are evacuating the entire city. Everyone.

Unbelievable.

I finally understood all the talk about flooding and levees and ‘New Orleans under sea level’ better when I saw this graphic of New Orleans.

If you were to draw a line from the top of Lake Pontchartrain across the city, you’ll see that the entire city would flood. The levee on that lake is what is broken. The water will not stop filling up New Orleans until the water level in NO is equal with the lake.

I want to live

Haunting words coming out of New Orleans as the flood waters rise:

‘I’m not doing too good right now,’ Chris Robinson said via cellphone from his home east of the city’s downtown. ‘The water’s rising pretty fast. I got a hammer and an ax and a crowbar, but I’m holding off on breaking through the roof until the last minute. Tell someone to come get me please. I want to live.’

How do you react to this? What do you do? How do you pray?

Me? I don’t know. I want to slap him. I want to help him. I want to show him love. And I want to slap him. But I don’t know his situation. Why did he stay? I don’t know. Was he stupid? Did he have a legit reason? Who am I to judge? But what I do know is he needs help.

Sigh.

Evening Sunday News Anchors

I turned over to CNN to watch some of the Hurricane Katrina coverage. Larry King was on. Eeek! So I flipped over to FOX and it was worse…Geraldo Rivera. Eeek! So I went to MSNBC and it was some dude in a bowtie named Tucker?

I can’t decide who to watch.

College Colors Day – Sept 2, 2005

Okay, I’m game.

College Colors Day – 2005:

What is College Colors Day?
College Colors Day, which coincides with both “back to school” on campus and the kick-off of the college football season, seeks to celebrate and promote the traditions and spirit that drive collegiate athletics by encouraging fans, alumni and students to wear apparel of their favorite college throughout the day of September 2.

Of course this doesn’t seem too different from most Fridays…I like to wear orange on football Friday’s most of the time.

Thanks to fanblogs, I know about this.

Oh NO, Get out of there!

Central Florida Hurricane Center 2005:

10:50AM
Hurricane Katrina is now up to 175MPH Maximum Sustained winds.

If you are near the coast and in the cone for Katrina YOU SHOULD NOT BE LOOKING AT THIS PAGE

The mayor of New Orleans has issued a MANDATORY EVACUATION. The entire city!

Katrina is a Category 5. Good news is she may slow to a 4…but that’s not very comforting. The satellite of her right now takes up the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Our cousin just enrolled and moved into Loyola University in New Orleans.

This stuff makes me sick to my stomach.

Draft Over

Well, I feel pretty decent about my draft. We start 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLEX, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 DE. Here’s who I have (for those who care):

QB: Drew Brees, Chad Pennington
RB: Domanick Davis, Julius Jones, JJ Arrington, Kevin Barlow, Chester Taylor
WR: Joe Horn, Laveranues Coles, Ashly Lelie, Keyshawn Johnson
TE: Alge Crumpler
K: Matt Stover
DE: Jaguars, Falcons

What do you think?