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Aftermath of Gustav on Baton Rouge Homes and Families

It's been since the end of August that most of you have heard from us in Baton Rouge...no power or internet or cell phones.  So much for my positioning my company as e-technology"internet based"  :-) I had to use a battery powered radio and dug a plug in phone out of my attic to be able to communicate!  Now that some of us are coming back online, i wanted to share with you some of what's happening here.

August 31st the edges of the storm touched the Louisiana coast and headed on a line up the Mississippi toward Baton Rouge.  Being an inland city we seldom get severe damage from hurricaines as they loose their force quickly when reaching land.  Gustov was still gusting at nearly 100mph spinning tornados as it arrived in Baton Rouge.  The weather service says it made history being the strongest winds ever experienced here.

Military vehicles from the National Guard became a familiar scene along with pole trucks sent in to manage the storm.  The National Guard arrived in New Orleans and coastal areas to supervise the mandatory evacuation and protect homes and businesses while residents were away.  My hat's off to Governor Bobby Jindal for the organization and response.  After the storm died down these same military personnel opened ice and water and meal statation at strategic points for all those coping with no power.  People waited in long lines for 5-6 hours to get necessities as only a few businesses had generators that allowed them to remain open.  The two major energy providers, Entergy and Demco, report that 50% now have power back.  Yes, folks, that means that many homes will still have to wait 2-3 more weeks to get power restored.  Baton Rouge residents have a greater appreciation for what all the coastal areas suffer after the hurricaine. As of today, even our local Board of Realtors had not reopened as they have no power to their building. 

Many new experiences occurred during this time.  Neighbors gathered out in the street.  (You could see better than in the dark and there was a breeze).  Many people met who had never met before.  A comradry developed in most neighborhoods, sharing information on how to get precious resources like ice and water and gas to run the generators.  Not everyone had a battery powered radio which was one of the few ways to get information.  Many cell phones shut down as the towers overloaded or lost power.  Lines at the stores and distribution stations were 5-6 hours or more.  I waited in line at Home Depot where they were distributing generators for 6 hours in the rain; my 3 year old grandson had to take breathing treatments for his asthma.  The lines snaked all the way around the building.  Some before me had been there over 12 hours.  I was one of the lucky ones.  At least half the line behind me didn't get one as their supply ran out and they had to come back the next day when another truck arrived.  During all this I found people courteous and cooperative.  Very little of the ugliness you sometimes see on t.v.  We take a lot for granted.  For example, I wake up each morning with a cup of coffee.  No power = no Starbucks or coffee shops and no way to brew at home, unless you are lucky and have a gas grill to boil water!  Nothing like handling a caffeine addiction in the middle of a hurricaine! 

This is a typical street scene now.  Trees lined up in front of every residence and business and long lines of cars waiting at intersections with no power which are now 4 way stops.

I wanted to share the story of one family here who came to me thru the Christian Real Estate Network which is powered on Active Rain.  Susan and Ricky Amato and their 5 boys moved here from the New Orleans area after Gustav.  In her blog Susan writes about their Gustav challenge and shares inspiring photos and music that all of you will enjoy.  Be sure and scroll down to the picture book and visit pictures of her family.  It is an example of the spirit residing in Baton Rouge today!

Susan Amato's Blog of Gustav in Shadows Lake Subdivision in the White Oak area of Baton Rouge.

 

 

Comment balloon 6 commentsAnn Dail • September 08 2008 08:01PM

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Ann, I'm so glad you are all ok.  Thanks for up-dating us on Baton Rouge.  I did view your client's pictures -- great pictures.  Probably will come in handy working with Insurance and FEMA. 

I'm from Lake Charles, Lousiana but live in San Antonio.  Still have family in Lake Charles, but also an Aunt & Uncle and cousins in the Baton Rouge/Walker area.  Spoke with my Aunt, they had a generator and now have electricity. 

Now, we're watching Ike -- looks like it's heading for the Texas coast.  We already went through Dolly and had tornadoes all around San Antonio from that one.  Not looking forward to another one.  :(

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

Ann, thanks for sharing this. It's so crazy that places like Baton Rouge and all the way to Monroe got hit so hard. I live in New Orleans and was largely spared, but I have lots of family in Terrebonne Parish where i am originally from and two of my brothers lost their homes completely. I'm so glad Baton Rouge is coming back together. Can't wait to see you fully wired again!

Posted by Troy Jowers, New Orleans Realtor (Pogo Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago

Judi,

Thanks for sharing about your family.  They are lucky to have power again in the Walker area.  Many still don't.  Hopefully, wind shears and high pressures will soften Ike's blow on Texas!  Keep us posted as that storm rolls your way.

Posted by Ann Dail, Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem (Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551) about 11 years ago

Troy,

I'm glad you guys in New Orleans area were spared with Gustav.  My son and daughter-in-law live on the West Bank and had no damage, just power out a few days.  Sorry about your brothers in Terrebone.  This storm made me appreciate what you guys on the coast deal with all the time.

Posted by Ann Dail, Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem (Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551) about 11 years ago

Ann, we're watching Ike pretty closely -- wondering where he'll come ashore.  Residents from the coastal communities will be coming up to San Antonio for shelter.  San Antonio will most likely get a lot of rain and some wind (since Ike's so large) -- possibly tornadoes (like we did with Dolly) if Ike hits on the Southwestern part of the coast -- Corpus to Brownsville.  :(   We have family in Lake Charles (they're still recovering from Rita) so I hope it doesn't go that way either. 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

Judy,  I'll be watching with you as I have lots of family in Texas.  I was raised in the Abilene area just North of San Antonio and my husband's family is from Eden not far from San Antonio.  Also, we lived in Houston 4 years where we got more costal weather.  Texas is tornado alley...seems you get those worse than this part of the U.S.

Posted by Ann Dail, Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem (Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551) about 11 years ago

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