Laboring through Gustav

31 Aug


 Well, this is not exactly what I had planned for the Labor Day weekend, but here we are….again.

As I explained in my Tropical Storm Fay post last week, we are “stayers” so we’ve made our preparations, stocked up on supplies, lanterns, gas, ice, beer, and wine.  (Believe me, as the storm draws near, the latter is a necessity.)  While Mobile will not get a “direct hit”, we are on the right or the “wrong” side of the storm where the storm surge and rain bands are the worse.  We’ll likely lose electricity so I may not be available for a while.

However, the real issue with this storm is New Orleans.  Gustav is predicted to make landfall just west of New Orleans, putting the city and Lake Ponchartrain in the path of the Eastern eye wall, which is the absolute worse place to be.  In my opinion, this storm will be worse on New Orleans than Katrina.  This storm could very well break the back of a city that has experienced such wide-spread suffering.  Even though residents know that New Orleans is basically a “bowl” and the levees will fail if strained at all, the shock of seeing damage from 20 ft. of water is just not something you get used to.  If this storm plays out like it looks to, New Orleans may very well never recover.

Most of our family is in Lafayette and New Iberia (which is west of New Orleans and Baton Rouge) and most are staying put.  Those that live in low lying areas are bunking in with others and are basically safe.

It appears that they will experience the immediate Western side of the storm, which will likely not be too severe.  One son stayed in Lafayette and the other evacuated here and is staying with us.  We’ll stay in phone contact with everyone as long as land lines and cell towers hold out.

Thanks for all of the thoughts and prayers.  They are needed and appreciated.  We will be fine.  We always are. 

  Shelter, Ray LaMontagne


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13 responses to “Laboring through Gustav

  1. huckleberryfriend

    August 31, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    What happens if Morgan City gets wiped out? Is this critical to repairing damaged oil platforms?

  2. music maven

    August 31, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    If Gustav hits where they say, Morgan City could actually dodge a bullet (on the west side of the storm). Even if not, Morgan City is a critical working base to repair rigs and deploy oil workers. However, the oil companies are usually all of this stuff and have contingency plans to get up and running as soon as possible. Their deep pockets will have Morgan City up and running as a staging area in record time, is my guess.

  3. AH

    August 31, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Was wondering if you had posted today – check in when you can since a lot of us will be thinking of you and your family.
    Is it corny to send a hug ? – oh what the heck (((dd))) !

  4. shrewspeaks

    August 31, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Oh man…just be-careful.

    This song just seems appropriate for poor NOLA.

  5. brc

    August 31, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I was just watching the Weather Channel and thought about you and your family. Please be safe. It seems that the storm has not regained its strength and is still a Cat 3. We will be praying for you and all in the storm’s path.

  6. karma

    August 31, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    DD – wishing the best and sending good thoughts to you and yours.

  7. New Orleans Ladder

    August 31, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    We are wit’you on da’Ladda.
    Sit tight, Noble Mons.

  8. JenAdams

    August 31, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Sit tight, MM! We will all be thinking of you and your family.

  9. marymagdalene

    August 31, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Keeping you and all of your family in my thoughts and prayers!

    Everyone who lives on or near the Gulf Coast, from Texas to the Florida panhandle, are constantly in my thoughts and prayers!

  10. music maven

    September 1, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Still have electricity this morning which is a real blessing. We’re in constant tornado warnings since 4am, but as of 8am mainly 30 mph winds and alot of rain. It appears that the levees in NOLA have held so far, but they have a tremendous amount of rain coming. Our folks in Lafayette haven’t seen any real weather yet.

  11. kanniduba

    September 1, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for this morning’s update MM.

  12. brc

    September 1, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Woo hoo… MM has electricity! Glad things are looking optimistic.

  13. music maven

    September 1, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Ok, Noon Report. We dodged several bands and numerous tornado warnings. My rain gauge says 2″ of rain. Everyone is fine so far. Gustav may have been kind this time.


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