Hurricane Coming

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    fresia1999 Fresia

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    Yes Sissy, that was not a user friendly website. Never did find anything. Thank you for the info.
     
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    I happen to find a list of reporters and used that .I think if you pay they will give you more and even went on to the city council sight but guessing they are busy trying to fix things and get back to normal as fast as possible .
     
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    City council? If they are anything like the ones around here, they are still on their three-month summer vacation!
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Glad to hear all is ok w/ you M-man and that not too much damage on your greenhouses. Hoping now we here soon from Larkin and all is ok w/ him too!

    Got this from the net and think this is the same river that would effect parts of La too:

    [Updated 4:23 p.m. ET] Emergency responders are assessing the dam at Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park in Pike County, Mississippi. Heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac damaged the structure, but it has not been breached, Gov. Phil Bryant's office said.
    "Heavy equipment and pumps from across the state have been dispatched to initiate a controlled water release from Percy Quin State Park to the Tangipahoa River to relieve dam pressure, which should not significantly increase water levels down stream," the governor's office said.
    Mississippi residents south of the dam have been encouraged to evacuate the area until the dam has been secured.
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed his counterpart's statement: "As we're speaking the folks in Mississippi are in the process of intentionally breaching the dam over in Mississippi," Jindal said at a news conference. "The intent is to allow 8 feet of water to come out and then reinforce the structural integrity of the dam. If this is successful, based on modeling, ... that would not have significant effect on water levels down here."
    The water is being released into a heavily wooded area, Jindal said.

    Full report here: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/30/flooding-emergency-in-slidell/
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Any recent news or updates? Anything from Larkin, yet?
     
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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    "Looks like we made it!" I'm back, Gary, So glad to see you posted before me! i was worried and had you, Matt, Cajun and TM in our prayers as well. Wow, just read through the whole post before getting started. Sissy, I must say, I'm touched to see how much you were checking in. LOL, you were getting far more information during the storm than we were. So here we go, ALOT has been going on since last posting. We lost power about 5 minutes after the last post I made here Tuesday night. The rain was bad and all we could hear was the winds howling. So we sat in the living room and listened to the storm. Suzanne slept on the couch and I walked back and forth to every window a zillion times. By day break I was going nuts, total darkness a hurricane and 100% no power. Wed. morning came and we got the generator out, got it fired up and only two circuits in the house would work, the kitchen and the bathroom. OK, not to bad could be worse. Find the radio,only news is a AM radio 8am and WHAT! ?? the storm stalled and we haven't even gotten hit yet. OMG! in and out to the ponds, down to levee, rain and wind, rain and wind, keeping the leaves and other items out of the overflow drains got pretty bad at times. Wed. night the storm really starts ramping up. winds are 55 -65 mph and raining sideways, had to move generator to the other side of the house, re-run wiring get back inside, soaking wet, and the kitchen no longer works but the living room does. ok no computer, no tv no phone, four wet dogs a cat and we have lights downstairs only. Hot and miserable, 12am, someone knocks on the door, a car has run off the road and needs help. I get up and find a couple has run through a flooded creek and there car is under water.(The bllue car in the pics) get out IN the storm to help them get to a family member, come back home and find another car has run off the road. help them get out and now have to block the road to keep others from driving off the road. Finally at 4am the sheriff's office shows up and they block the road. Back to bed. Friday morning, 8am the storm finally starts letting up some. 16.25" of rain, four small trees down, and only one by the pond that really looked bad, missing some shingles on the shed, few minor issues but all in all, In pretty good shape. get out and get gas, food and supplies with relative ease. Thinking everything was over we got out and started cleaning up. Then Friday afternoon we get slammed by the biggest squall off them all. 3.1" of rain in a little over a hour. We believe there may have been a small tornado or a super gust of wind but that's when we lost the three big trees in the back taking out about 40' of brand new fence. Go to check that out and what do I find? My new mud pond is completely under water, my riding trails are flooded and ( FRANTIC SETS IN!) AM I in the Tangipahoa flood zone? Am I getting the flood from the Miss, Damn breach I have been hearing all the talk about on the radio about? I have been hearing about it all day and no one told us? We go back up front and the National guard arrive with deep water vehicles. I thought it was suppose to be over. NOOOOOO, Mandatory evacuation. I am freaking out! They give us 2 hours to gather up our belongings to get out. move as much as possible up stairs, literally 50-60 crates of my die cast collection, pictures, guns, furniture, everything we can think of we wanted to try and save went up. gathered the dogs and we were ready to leave. Now the national guard comes to me and ask me to use my boat to rescue a family on the next street. I load the boat and tie it to the tractor and off we go. Made the rescue and got everyone to safety. I got home thinking I was going to have to leave and the national guard SGT. says that we can stay but they needed to sit out on the front to watch the river. I would be first to have to go if it climbed 2 more feet. AGREE! THANK YOU LORD! If I would have had to leave then I had to turn off generators and ALL the fish would have died. This morning I found out it made 1.8 inches higher before cresting. By 8am it started dropping. The wife decided to stay here while I went to work. (About a 1.5 miIes) had to go check the ponds there as the owner couldn't get to the shop. Got there, did water changes, added baking soda and all were doing good. 0 losses, Oh I didn't mention before during all this I had to go back and forth setting up generator for them as well since the owner was blocked in and couldn't get to the shop to start the generators. GOOD thing for Pr-planning! anyway after work today I checked in on friends and got some food now that restaurants were open, brought home some fried chicken and red beans and rice. MMMM BINGO! The lights came on! and the Internet, and the phone. WHEW, 5 days of Issac! glad to report, other than some damaged plants, and things that can be fixed, Not 1 single loss to report, Human, canine, aquatic.none! So, I took my generator, to my best friends house as they haven't had power since the storm either. went and bought a pack of dry socks and dry shoes, Picked up some Mexican and Finally sitting down and reporting in. Happy to say, The good Lord looks down on us in mysterious ways. Been an experience I won't soon forget, I'm thankful but also send our prayers out to those that are not as fortunate, and to those that are out there busting their butts getting us all back some sense of normality.
     

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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    All the above pics were taken during and just after the storm from either our property or the close vicinity. these were the days to follow, the pic of the main road are right in front on my house, the pics with the down trees and the standing water is the mud pond I was working on and the land and fence in the back. The river runs down the side usually about a 20' drop to normal river level of about 2-3 feet deep. The river crested .2 feet from reaching the Dam on the front pond and 1.2 feet from getting into the barn and shop.
     

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Wow! Yeah you are ok and all has survived. Doing the happy dance for you. We were worried about everybody down in that territory. Thanks for posting your adventures Larkin.
     
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    Glad to see you made Larkin...
     
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    glad you are ok and maybe having the water around your place gave the extra water someplace to go and amaxed at how fast they are getting the electric on there .Even the casinos were up and running yesterday at least thats what they said on the news ,as if that was the most important thing :sad: .Great pics .They said all the bigger trees like oaks and stuff were causing alot of power outages and the palm trees are more suited for the area .So guessing your mud pond took a lot of the water coming down and really helped with keeping the flooding down around you .Now the clean up begins .great pics for your I live here and this storm did this and we made it memory book .The pics show how bad it can be .I watched the news an saw the people being rescued from the second floor of there houses and it made me cringe .mother nature takes what she wants .
     
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    Larkin, so glad you made it through OK! The pics are an awesome reminder of what Mother Nature can do. Thanks for taking the time to share!
     
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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    Thanks everyone for the thoughts and prayers. It was a experience not soon forgotten. I took several video's on somehow during downloading I guess the got erased. Can't find them on the computer if they did download. One showed the alligator that visited, another showed a small water spout on the big pond. I was really hoping to share them as well. Thought I had some neat IN THE storm video's to share and nothing. Guess I need to get a video camera to keep close by.
    Sissy, Most of the water issues up here were not nearly as bad as N.O. area. under 1-2 foot in the houses were average for most that did flood in the area. Problem here was so many roads flooded in low lying areas and the water had no place to go. Good news here is most have power restored. Town is back in full motion and it seems Hammond is one of the least effected towns in a 50-60 mile radius so we are getting a much needed economic boost for our area as hotels are still all full, trucks of supplies are steady coming in to stores and distribution locations, even the restaurants are staying super busy and some that normally close are staying open longer or even 24 hours right now to help ease the strain. Lots of shoppers out at night because it's so much cooler.
     
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    But I guess the next thing is to watch out for is standing water so you don't get lots of mosquito's .I have been reading a lot on people getting sick from them more this year than ever before .I have been looking for lemon grass because it keeps bugs at bey especially mosquito's and flies and fleas .If you can get hold of it grab it ,it is a natural bug deterent
     
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    Glad to hear from you fishin4cars. Very happy to hear you made it fairly well. We here in Lafayette are actually having more rain yesterday and today than we had for the hurricane. Go figure.

    It always makes me wonder how a storm like this can continue causing trouble, like the flooding, that it does for such a long time after.
     
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    Happy to hear from you Larkin and sounds like you made it through w/ not too much damage. Glad you were there to be of service to the ones in need of rescues. Was very interesting reading your story on how everything went down. That's enough drama for now tho. Lets hope things calm down down there now and all you people who had to and are still dealing w/ that storm get things dried up and things get back to normal again.
     
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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    JW, It's very nice getting back to some normality. Washing clothes, picking up debris, hot cooked meals and hot showers. AHHHHHH the luxury! LOL Funny how simple things we take for granite are so cherishable in times like these. Leaves you with a refreshed feeling of appreciation for what we do have.

    I am though starting to worry about Shamu, She has taken on a very faded Blah skin look. No redness or sores, no swelling, breathing fine, eating fine but her skin just doesn't look right. PH is at 7.6 (that's a .4 average drop than before the storm) GH of 60, KH 120, ammonia 0 nitrite, maybe .25ppm just a trace but it is recordable, nitrate below 10ppm, oxygen level 19, salt level 1%. I stopped feeding the day before the storm started and started back this morning. decided to use medicated bacterial food for the next few days. Considering trying to net Shamu and at least getting a skin scrap to see if we can find anything under the microscope.
     
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    hope nothing is wrong with shamu maybe everything that has happened just has shamu off kilter a little
     
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    Larkin, I hear some places down there are still in the thick of things regarding rising rivers. Hope they settle down soon. Glad you are enjoying life again w/ all the modern conveniences. Now at least you kinda know what to expect at your new property when these rain storms come around. Do you have to worry about the gators, snakes and such coming around now trying to find there way back to seclusion?
    Darn I hope Shamu is not sick. Sounds like you are doing whatever you can to make sure she is not ill or fix whatever is wrong before it gets too bad.
     
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    Shamu is a Kumonryu, so she may just be in the process of changing colors. All the new water may have triggered it. yes we are having critters showing up.so far just non-venomus snakes, and one small gator in the back.(3' maybe) Been lots of rabbits in the front at night and the deer are being seen a little more freguent but still staying real close to the woods line.
     
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    Heck 3' sounds rather large to me for a gator! I bet his teeth are big too! We don't have anything like that around here so if one showed up I'd be worried about it eating up my pets or my fish. Couldn't it easily just crawl into your pond and eat your fish?
     
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