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Sep. 30th, 2005 07:50 pm Pictures

I haven't gotten around to uploading my own photos yet, but I just found a bunch taken by someone else (I'm not sure who yet, to provide credit; I'll update this when I find out), which I'll narrate...

Since I'm including lots of pictures, I'll put this behind a cut tag; if you want to see them and my commentary, just click ...

This is a hangar at the Stennis International Airport (HSA). We're currently based at Camp Katrina, which is the Hancock County EOC (Emergency Operations Center). Most of the camp is a vocational high school, which the EOC has taken over; we've been sleeping in the drafting classroom (among the slanted-top drafting tables, which we decided were too heavy to be worth moving), and using the wood shop as our workspace.

This is why it generally doesn't help much to send stuff to a disaster area after a disaster. This is not a pile of debris from the disaster; it's a pile of donated stuff, which nobody has room to store, sort, or distribute. The folks who sent it were well-intentioned, but it just doesn't help; the best thing you can send to a disaster area after a disaster is money. The various aid agencies (everyone from the Red Cross to folks like us, Radio Response) will put that money to good use; we've got the best idea of what's needed at any given moment, and we buy as much stuff as we can locally (both to get it sooner, and to jump-start the local economy and get local folks back to work).

Notice the boats mixed in with the wrecked cars, in the ditch behind the parked cars parked at the side of the road. The storm surge came in so fast and so strong, that it lifted boats and cars and refrigerators and all sorts of other stuff, carried them several miles inland, and then deposited them there as the surge receded. There are some more striking photos of surge-moved cars below... One of the most striking scenes I've seen (which I don't have a picture of yet, unfortunately) is a boat that got deposited in a Burger King drive-through, as if it had pulled up to the window to pick up an order...

This is the view out the front door of the building we've been staying in, at the vocational high school that's serving as the EOC. I don't know if the trailer was flipped by the wind during Hurricane Katrina, or Rita, or what.

I don't know what this used to be; I suspect it was a house, given the clothesline T-pole.

No, this truck isn't part of the repair effort; notice the caved-in cab. My guess is that it got picked up by the flood surge, bounced around, and deposited somewhere inland.

I suspect that this used to be a house on stilts, but the flood water came up higher than they built for; the poles that the house sat on are all that's left.

Boats, trucks, and trailers that were carried away by the storm surge.

More cars and trucks swept upstream by the surge, and then deposited there when the surge retreated.

Yet more cars swept away.

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Date:October 2nd, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
It's amazing to see so much damage. Because it's not making so much news anymore, you get the impression that it's all taken care of now. Thank you for reminding us of how much work is left to be done and thank you for going there and helping out when I want to, but feel like I can't leave my job.