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"We're fine! In fact,we didn't even lost power like so many south of us and in and around the city. That last minute wobble east that Ivan took was just enough to spare us and most of S.Louisiana the full brunt. It's still very windy,but as of daylight this morning the grapefruit and oranges are still on the trees,so that's a pretty good indication of how mild this one was. The south shore of Lake Ponchartrain took the worst flooding from wind direction this time,and it's still flooding there and will be until the winds subside. But , that's not nearly as bad as the flooding that took place during tropical storms Lili and Isabel. New Orleans and all of Louisiana was very,very lucky this time.
Now,we have to undo everything we did. The thought of that is exhausting and it will most likely take us longer to put things back the way there were. I'm looking at the duct tape on all of the windows, and I've almost managed to convince myself it adds a unique decorating quality to things if I just leave it there!"

Paula
"Imagine! The sky BLACK with Battletractors, and an eerie silence broken only by their incessant droning, and the buzzing of bees returning home to roost." John Burrage
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Now,we have to undo everything we did. The thought of that is exhausting and it will most likely take us ... I've almost managed to convince myself it adds a unique decorating quality to things if I just leave it there!"

LOL. I can relate to that. Compared to all the work in removing the tape is the look of the tape really that bad? Emotion: smile
There's a house in my neighborhood that's decided plywood nailed over windows w/spray paint warning the storms away adds a certain charm. I guess the homeowners figure that with the season being this active they might as well just leave it there til November. They keep going over the hurricane's names with the newest ones out there.

Tara
There's a house in my neighborhood that's decided plywood nailed over windows w/spray paint warning the storms away adds a ... well just leave it there til November. They keep going over the hurricane's names with the newest ones out there.

I was just realizing yesterday how I'm getting used to seeing stores and homes boarded up. All the stores have big "We're open" signs spray-painted on their boards. Many of my neighbors have left theirs up. I guess I'll know hurricane season is over when they start coming down.
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The south shore of Lake Ponchartrain

Appropos of nothing, but "The Lakes of Pontchartrain" is my absolute favorite Irish/American folk song...
So fare thee well, my bonny Creole girl,
I`ll ne`er see you no more
And I`ll ne`er forget your kindness
In the cottage by the shore
And at each social gathering
A flowing bowl I`ll drain
and I`ll drink a health to by bonny Creole girl,
On the Lakes of Pontchartrain

Stafford A. Rau
That area "floods" not from an excess of water, but from north winds pushing water. there was no rain, or no appreciable rain from Ivan) It floods when cool fronts come through.
Living in the lowlands..gotta love it.
Yes, New Orleans is a sitting duck if certain conditions are present. It could* happen someday, it will *probably happen someday. Terri's area is a flood prone area lately, after heavy rains. I personally think it has a lot to do with all the "development". Mother Nature has gone to a lot of trouble to drain off this rock we called the United States. Man, wants a subdivision here..and here...diverting the natural drainage.
Finally, scientists are realizing that letting the Mississippi river change course is the best way to avoid land loss.
But, still, a direct hit from a hurricane is scary. And to not be a native and have your fears fed by alarmists is probably un-nerving. Perry
We're back, too. No damage! Lucky for us it went east far enough - Gulf Shore's bad luck, though.
Yes, we took it as an adventure - 4 people with 7 dogs and 3 cats invaded a friend's parents' house - petless people who, bless their hearts, were cordial and kept a sense of humor as 6 goldens ran around sniffing for cats and just refused to be properly herded by one frustrated aussie!

And then they learned that when they ran across the pool cover they could sink it enough to get water on top to wallow in

The traffic was horrendous, but we took all back roads and so were fine. I was proud that people from New Orleans took it so seriously and so many evacuated, though. I takes a number of days to get everyone out, so you can't "wait and see".
Problem now is everyone wants back in at the same time!
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This just in: "We're fine!

Great to know.
Cate
This just in: "We're fine! In fact,we didn't even lost power like so many south of us and in and around the city.

yay!
I'm looking at the duct tape on all of the windows, and I've almost managed to convince myself it adds a unique decorating quality to things if I just leave it there!"

you could just leave the duct tape in place and name your home Man House.

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