Sunday, September 25

Some of your messages and notes to us

Comments of all sorts have come in from readers to our temporary e-mail address, which is Here are excerpts from some recent posts:

1:29 a.m. - "I live in Sweetlake on Gulf Hwy next to Gaspard's store on Arsene Lebeu and Gulf Hwy. Please give me some info on that area."

6:39 a.m. - "Does anyone know anything about the area around Prien Lake Park, near 210 - flooding, tree damage, etc?"

6:55 a.m. - "I am in the military serving overseas. I have been trying to find out the fate of my parents home in Westlake. What are the conditions near Miller avenue and Legion Lane (where the VFW is located)? My family and I feel totally helpless over here and want the people of Louisiana to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope all will be ok as soon as possible. Take care and God Bless."

7:41 a.m. - "I have relatives that stayed behind at 158 Dave Cole Road, Ragley. have not reached them really worried cannot reach missing person hotline. Can you help?"

9:33 a.m. - "I haven't been able to track down any information about the Oak Park neighborhood, especially the part of 5th Avenue between Prien Lake Road and Oak Park Boulevard. Trying to determine how much flooding, tree damage, or roof damage occurred in that area..... Any news there?"

9:54 a.m. - "I am looking for any information about Vinton and the Edgerly community."

11:21 a.m. - "Can anyone find out information on where the residents of Resthaven Nursing Center on Sale Lane have been sent? My mother is a resident there (Joyce
Futch), and we were told they were being evacuated but don't know to what

12:11 p.m. - "We were curious as to when and where we should tune in to catch Mayor Roach making an offical statement through a press conference. We have heard from every other mayor on Fox, CNN, etc. We are ready to hear our mayor tell us, about us."

12:53 p.m. - "Do you have any reports or photos of the Kroger Supermarket at 12th. & Common Sts.?"

Staff Reports


Anonymous said...

Go to and to the message boards. You will find LOADS of info on different areas. Every one is helping each other with information.

Anonymous said...

Also, Fifth Ave in Oak Park between OPBlvd and Prien Lake did not appear flooded. The middle school was damaged by fallen trees. Our yard had trees down but no damage.

Anonymous said...

Resthaven Nursing Home residents evacuated to Texarkana and Shreveport.

Anonymous said...

Overall Damage
Just spent an hour on the phone with my brother, Paul Holland, who has been driving around LC all weekend with chainsaw in hand. Here's his overall impression:
About 1 out of 3 homes have major tree damage. Neighborhoods with more trees have more damage. Wind damage is mostly limited to missing shingles or car ports or anything else the wind could grab. Commercial buildings with large roof spans and wide glass windows suffered much worse.
Going down Common Street, the storm surge appears to have stopped at Black Bayou. the road is impassable past there. However, the mobile home park 1 mi south of the airport appeared fine.
He looped up 171 thru Moss Bluff and back down 210. (BTW - I-10 bridge is still closed due to barge impact damage) Said minimal wind damage, much tree damage was pretty much the same in all neighborhoods.
He has been checking on specific homes for friends. To get to Holly Hill Road, he had to hike from Lake Street because the downed trees were just too big for a hand-held chain saw.
One friend's house had a huge oak tree right through the garage...houses on either side appeared fine.
Lots of telephone pole are snapped off at the base. Those with transformers are often leaking (haz mat?) material on the ground or in yards.
Hope this helps!
Phoenix, AZ

Anonymous said...

The Louisiana Nursing Home Association in Baton Rouge (225) 927-5642 or may be able to provide info about where nursing home residents were evacuated to.

Also, I work at a medical clinic located on Oak Park, no flooding was reported by my staff. However, they did say our building had roof damage. Also said Memorial Hospital sustained wind damage. I was told by staff there are trees down in the area