La. Contra-Flow Evacuation

By: Patrap , 4:11 AM GMT on August 25, 2008

Louisiana Contra Flow Maps and Other State Information for Evacuation Link


Hurricane Preparation Blog Link







When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree,
there will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see,
there will be an answer. let it be.

Let it be, let it be, .....

And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light, that shines on me,
shine until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

Let it be, let it be, .....














We Shall Not be Moved...



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338. reeldrlaura
3:38 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
GREAT POST {{{{{Red}}}}}!!! Lots to do, be safe.
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337. Redhead
3:16 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
{{{Pat and T}}} I'm glad you all are safe!!
LINK
This is why Entergy will take longer than usual to get the power back on. FOX News used this diagram. (http://science.howstuffworks.com/power.htm) See the "High Voltage Transmission Lines"? There are 14 coming off Entergy's Waterford 3 Nuclear Plant. Thirteen of those are down! A lot of them are in marshy areas and hard to get to them. They will need helicopters to raise the lines up for repair.


Hurricane Gustav
Sept. 3, 2008 @ 4:30 p.m.
LINK for a video about Entergy's preparations for Hurricane Gustav.
Hurricane Gustav made landfall Sept. 1, at 10 a.m., near Cocodrie, Louisiana.
The peak number of outages for Hurricane Gustav of 850,000 occurred early Tuesday morning, primarily in Louisiana and Mississippi. Since then, service to some customers has been restored while service to others has been lost. Arkansas experienced 93,000 outages today.
Hurricane Gustav caused the second largest number of outages in company history, behind only Hurricane Katrina. Gustav restoration rivals the scale and difficulty of Hurricane Katrina restoration.
Click here for more pictures of damage
LINK

Current Outages

• More than 75,000 customers have been restored, even taking into account the new outages occurring today.
• Even as restoration continues, Gustav is causing new outages today in the Entergy system.
• Outages at 4 p.m. included:

Arkansas Total

86,449

Louisiana Total

674,036

Entergy Louisiana, LLC
361,998


Entergy New Orleans, Inc.
67,438


Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C
244,600


Mississippi Total

14,055

Total Customer Outages

774,540

Total Customer Restored

75,460



Restoration Progress

• Entergy’s team of more than 10,000 restoration workers has begun safely restoring service as quickly as possible.
• The Baton Rouge area has never suffered damage as severe as that caused by Hurricane Gustav. The last storm caused damage close to this was Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
• The largest numbers of Gustav outages in Arkansas are in the Little Rock/Benton area, where nearly 20,000 customers are without power, and Hot Springs, where 25,000 are out. Another 7,000 are out in Russellville, 3,500 in Warren, about 1,000 each in Crossett, Fordyce and Monticello, and the rest are scattered throughout the state.
• Entergy is in contact with the Department of Energy for help with using aircraft to assess damage from the air. The company has not turned away any offers from any governmental agencies for any helicopter support. We are very close to gaining access to the US Coast Guard's helicopters that may be able to fly in inclement weather to h elp assess damage. Also, we have technical employees in place at the Dept of Home Land Security evaluating the feasibility of damage assessments by pilotless aircraft.
• Thursday morning all 200 Arkansas linemen and 150 additional support workers who had been sent to Louisiana Monday will be back in Arkansas working on restoring power here. In addition, nearly 200 workers from other utility companies to the north who had been heading to the Gulf Coast have been retained to help the Arkansas workforce instead.
• Entergy is assessing damage in order to estimate when electricity will be restored to specific locations. In some areas where the damage is the most extensive or where access is the most difficult, it could be several weeks before necessary repairs are completed and all customers are restored.
• In terms of power outages, Hurricane Gustav is the second worst in Entergy’s 95-year history, peaking at about 850,000 early Tuesday – the overwhelming majority of them i n Louisiana. That easily bypassed the 800,000 outages in Hurricane Rita in 2005. The only larger number of Entergy outages was 1.1 million in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, which has been described as one of the worst natural disasters in American history.
• The largest numbers of Gustav outages in Louisiana are being reported in Jefferson, Orleans, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Ascension, Plaquemines, Livingston, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Bernard, Assumption and St. Landry parishes in Louisiana and Adams County in Mississippi.
• Restoration workers are responding from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
• Entergy preparations began early last week, well in advance of Hurricane Gustav. Entergy is nationally recognized as a leader in the industry at restoring major damage safely and quickly.

Transmission System Severely Damaged

• The transmission damage across the Entergy system includes 180 transmission lines and 138 substations.

Generation

• Entergy’s River Bend nuclear plant in St. Francisville, La., was taken out of service Monday afternoon to help keep the electricity transmission grid in balance due to reduced demand. Entergy’s other Louisiana nuclear plant – Waterford 3 at Taft near New Orleans – completed a controlled shutdown on Sunday night in anticipation of the heavy winds forecast for Monday morning.
• Personnel at both plants have completed site assessments and working closely with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete all necessary regulatory requirements for a safe restart. This includes a full inspection of the siren systems and emergency planning facilities in the surrounding parishes.
• Bringing the plants online will be closely coordinated with utility company personnel to maintain the reliability of the power grid.
• Entergy Nuclear has mobilized extra resources to assist Waterford and River Bend with plant, reg ulatory and transmission issues that resulted from the impact of Gustav.

Customer Safety

• Entergy reminds customers to remain safe and stay away from downed power lines and flooded areas. Do not walk in standing water and do not venture into areas of debris, since energized and dangerous power lines may not be visible. Call 800-9OUTAGE to report a power outage.

Viewing Entergy Outage Information Online

• Entergy’s View Outages system on Entergy.com is a popular destination for customers during power outages. Outage information normally displayed includes the number of customers affected and the estimated time service will be restored.

• It could take several days for Entergy personnel to assess the extent of damage caused by Hurricane Gustav and estimate the time needed to restore service. Until these assessments are made, the View Outages Web site will not display estimated restoration times and will be limited in the amount of accurate information it is able to deliver.






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336. oakland
2:54 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
Pat,

I'm so glad to hear from you. Good to know you and your family are okay.
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335. oakland
2:53 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
Pat,

I'm so glad to hear from you. Good to know you and your family are okay.
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334. palmettobug53
2:39 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
Pat, am overjoyed to see you post in! Glad your damage was no more than it was and your power off no longer than it was!
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333. sandcrab39565
2:29 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
Laura if we can ever get her off the ventalator she will be ok. I tank all that have been so supportive. Timing was not good but I was able to perform my needed tasks of safety and look after her at the same time with some diffculty but with success. I will be stepping down in my position after this season due to lack of support and the realization that life is precious.
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332. reeldrlaura
2:24 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
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{{{{Sand}}}}.......hoping you and the MRS SAND are progressing and feeling better every day. TAKE A VACATION!!! LOL!
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331. AllyBama
2:19 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
good evening Pat..it is good to see you
back on and that your home had minimal
damage, as did the City itself..sorry
to hear that the parishes didn't fair
as well - and if there is good news to
be had, then it is that Gus lost some
of his punch prior to landfall..otherwise
the destruction would have been to a
greater level..thank God that it wasn't.
Let's just pray that there are no more
storms coming this way but if there is,
that the communities and people act
responsibly again and GET THE HELL OUT!.

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330. sandcrab39565
2:19 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
Pat I am sorry I did not read your email until last nite. I had 363 emails I have been very busy. I will say this I just talked to a very dear friend from New York EMA that worked Katrina with me as my IMT team that is in NO doing the same as he did here. You have a #1 team in the USA arriving there. They were also the team that worked 911. He is at the dome now. Look up Tom Fargione and tell him you are my friend and he will be open to you. You will not meet a better person. His counterpart is here at a local hotel as of this afternoon and they drove 28 hours to stop here for the night with the equipment and will leave very early in the mourning heading your way he is David French. I am glad to tell you that you have the best coming to you. Look them up and assist them they are a great team.
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329. reeldrlaura
2:10 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
Hey you two!!! SO GLAD Molly was able to help y'all out. On to pick up her guitarist.....oh she ADORES Mitch and can hardly wait to be back at the Spotted Cat singin' the blues for y'all. Just a few more MRE's, Ice, gatorade etc to deliver over there in Cut Off.

All GOOD in the hood, baby!!!!!
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328. Patrap
1:35 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
OKay,.. tkeith,

Drive Safe and come on home..

One from Monday,.. noon Uptown nola.

From da Bedroom Window.

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327. tkeith
1:19 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
Glad to see ya back on Pat, we will head back in the A.M. I ran from Gustav but I couldn't hide, lots of flooding and power outages here in S.E. Ark. anxious to get back. still no power at our house in Kenner but we have a generator. see ya soon...keith
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326. OSHNBLU
12:34 AM GMT on September 04, 2008
glad to see your head above water and wind...sleep well.
look for your insight on whats on the agenda for the tropics the next 2 weeks...
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324. GulfScotsman
11:38 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
Quoting Patrap:
HEY GSM!!!..

Scotch or Bourbon ?



You silly Cajun... scotch my man.
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322. Barefootontherocks
11:33 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
Imagine you guys are whooped puppies. Glad to see you report in!
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321. Patrap
11:09 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
Sis and Hubby found a Hotel in Brookhaven,Miss.
Thanks Finn for looking for them.

A tired guy here tonight..

God spared the city proper..but the river Parishes took a beating.

Will be in touch,

Patrick
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320. Patrap
11:06 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
HEY GSM!!!..

Scotch or Bourbon ?

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319. Patrap
11:04 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
I turned down the EOC as I couldnt bring the critters,,..so with a LEss Powerful Storm..we were completely Safe here.
And a EOC in Lafourche PArish got its roof removed during the eyewall.
Gus was a Puncher..and did a Lot of damage in the river parishes.

So glad the west shear and that down Pulse ..came.
Gus could have been a Killer of Many.

But as the Nation saw..with the time,,proper Planning ..and some Federal Help...we all can get out .


Well..Im really Impressed at the way it all went.

And a Gracious State and I personally send a Heart Felt THANK YOU for all who Posted, prayed and just sent well wishes.

Now we turn to the East again as the Bowling Alley is open from the Cape Verdes west.
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318. GulfScotsman
11:01 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
Who Dat?
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317. Patrap
11:00 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
Power restored to the Patrap Man-Cave..

BIG DUKE NOLA-7.

.... back online.

Party in Dome Sunday!!!!!
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316. Raysfan70
10:53 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
GO BUCS!
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315. Raysfan70
10:53 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
WOOHOO!!!
The Patrap family has power back.

Glad to see you checking in {{Pat and T}}!
Warm Food,Hot Shower, A/C. :-)
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314. westoftheashley
2:58 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
Glad you all didn;t have more damage! Hope your power is back soon. Did you stay home or camp out at EOC? At least the levies held:) Hope everything gets back to normal for you all soon. Take care and God Bless.


Susan
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313. Sophmom
2:53 PM GMT on September 03, 2008
Pat, I'm guessing you still don't have power. The NOLA bloggers are communicating via text through Twitter. We've been getting messages to and from folks during the evacuation & through their efforts at returning as well as from those who stayed. Twitterers in NOLA are going from house to house checking to see if porch lights are on, indicating power is back. There have also been numerous blogger accounts of major long-term(ish) damage to Entergy's grid, cutting off BTR & NOLA. Other tweets (what twitterers call their 140 max character posts) indicate where traffic is backed up during re-entry & where gas, supplies are available. I apologize for not coming here and telling you this earlier. :/

Also, Troy Gilbert, who's blog posts from Katrina & the aftermath are still chilling also live blogged much of Gustav, this time w/ video. His blog, Gulfsails, is here.

I hope you and yours are safe and well.
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312. LakeWorthFinn
1:04 AM GMT on September 03, 2008
Glad you're ok, but sorry for the damage.
How are your sis & hubby??? Did they find a room? I was unable to find anything available and have been watching all those horrible tornado warnings in Jackson where they were heading to.
HUGS TO YOU ALL, AND THANKS WET DOGGIE!!
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311. SBKaren
10:40 PM GMT on September 02, 2008
Whew! Glad to hear all you sustained was a broken window or tw0 - and perhaps some frazzled nerves!
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310. reeldrlaura
10:13 PM GMT on September 02, 2008
Pat and T.....glad it was what it was. DARK.....I remember it well after Katrina. When there are NO lights, anywhere in the city (but whatever light you have going inside), it's the eeriest kind of darkness. You realize you've NEVER seen your entire city completely dark. It was stunning to me!!!
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309. code1
8:09 PM GMT on September 02, 2008
Very thankful that you all are safe. But I do have a question. It was dark in your home? Preps?
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308. EmmyRose
8:08 PM GMT on September 02, 2008
Just checkin in - hope you all are okay
and its not "dark" this day for you two.
God Bless.
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307. Barefootontherocks
6:54 PM GMT on September 02, 2008
quoting post 298. aquak9
Just talked to them on the phone. They have been without power since around 6am. Lost a window upstairs when a tree came thru. Lost another small window downstairs. They say it just won't stop raining.

They say it is so very dark, Teresa (Pat's wife) was shocked at how dark it was, no lights, heavy rain.

Wanted to let ya'll know they were safe and in good spirits.


Thanks for the news aqua.

Hey Pat, Was that the big tree out back falling into the river-side window in the upstairs room I rented from you for a month? And downstairs the window in kitchen door? Sheesh. Sorry to hear your home sustained damage. Glad to hear you and Ti are okay. Hope the lights come back on soon. Heard NOLA water system's working, so that's a plus. Hope JR and S are doing okay. Presume they evac-ed with the school peoples.

Anywho, please be careful till the streets get cleared and the power is back.
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306. hurricanecrab
10:39 AM GMT on September 02, 2008
Wonderful news -- they're safe! Thanks so much Aqua. That communications link is everything for both those going through the storm and those waiting anxiously for word of them.

Pat, T & family, you're in our thoughts and prayers.

Oh, and ..... if you happen to see wee little boats with critters in them wearing backpacks... well.... they really fancy gumbo ;o)
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305. OGal
10:19 AM GMT on September 02, 2008
Thanks so much for your post Aqua, sounds like things are about as good as could be expected. I just hope the rain stops real soon for them. The heavy rain is almost as scary as the wind. As for the dark, not fun either. Glad to hear spirits are good. That is soo important to help get you through a really tough time like this.
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304. Starwoman
8:13 AM GMT on September 02, 2008
Good to hear you and the familie are okay so far Patrap.
You'r all very much in my thoughts and prayers
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303. EmmyRose
1:42 AM GMT on September 02, 2008
St. Medard protect our friends.

amen and amen.
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302. oakland
1:41 AM GMT on September 02, 2008
That's wonderful news Aqua.

Pat- What Ally said.... lol
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301. AllyBama
1:39 AM GMT on September 02, 2008
glad to hear the news!...now that we know this, Pat, please get Teresa a flashlight!..lol
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300. nash28
1:37 AM GMT on September 02, 2008
Pat- You hang in there man!!! You have my number (if and when you get this). Call for ANYTHING!
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299. tkeith
1:33 AM GMT on September 02, 2008
aquak9, thank you very much...great to hear!
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298. aquak9
1:24 AM GMT on September 02, 2008
PATRAP UPDATE

they have very limited phone time and phone battery so I am posting this here:

Just talked to them on the phone. They have been without power since around 6am. Lost a window upstairs when a tree came thru. Lost another small window downstairs. They say it just won't stop raining.

They say it is so very dark, Teresa (Pat's wife) was shocked at how dark it was, no lights, heavy rain.

Wanted to let ya'll know they were safe and in good spirits. Please feel free to repost anywhere.

Thank you for all the prayers.
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297. EmmyRose
10:32 PM GMT on September 01, 2008
Pat haven't spoken to you in a couple of hours
hope you are safe - will check in later wiht y'all
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296. palmettobug53
1:49 PM GMT on September 01, 2008
And AL... stupid modify isn't working and neither are my fingers... Up too late last night.
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295. EmmyRose
1:45 PM GMT on September 01, 2008
Good Morning Pat and T - hang tight - I think NO will come thru this standing tall
oh yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We're praying oer here.........
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294. palmettobug53
1:43 PM GMT on September 01, 2008
Thinking of you, Teresa, Junior and all of LA/MS/TX this morning.
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293. hurricanecrab
1:40 PM GMT on September 01, 2008
NOLA live bridgecam

Fr. Quarter cam

Six traffic cams
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292. reeldrlaura
1:35 PM GMT on September 01, 2008
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I might as well be there too, for the little sleep I'm getting!!! LOL! Molly in Atlanta.......gathering donations of medical supplies etc to bring back in. She's already been donated a truck and trailer!!!! That girl continues to AMAZE! Be safe, know you are loved.
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291. aquak9
11:55 AM GMT on September 01, 2008
Glad to see ya'll hangin' tight!

good coffee, good morning!
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290. tkeith
11:38 AM GMT on September 01, 2008
Pat, It' good to have a jarhead as your eyes in case like this. keep you head down and your powder dry...keith
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288. hurricanecrab
11:05 AM GMT on September 01, 2008
Is Greenwood too far north for your family Pat? There are still units available there that are bookable.
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