Monday, September 1, 2008

Bragg '80 liveblogging Gustav from New Orleans

In his own inimitable way, Roy Bragg '80 is blending storm reporting, observation and wisecrackery in his live blogging for the San Antonio Express-News: click here to read. He headed there Friday, and last night he observed:
...because of the hotels that are still open, Vieux Carre, as the French Quarter is also known, is also the defacto press center of Hurricane Gustav coverage. Every hooker on Bourbon Street has been replaced with a television crew.

His most recent dispatches:

NEW ORLEANS, 9/1/08 10:15 AM Television crews are reporting that water is going over the top of the rebuilt levee in the Lower Ninth Ward. Photographer Lisa Krantz and I are heading out there. I'll report back as soon as I can.

NEW ORLEAN 9/1/08 10:14 AM Michael Homan, a theologian at Xavier University, has been riding the storm out at his rebuilt, reinforced Mid City home."We're doing pretty well,'' he said. "The power went out at 4 a.m., but I have generator so I'm doing well. Three families on his block, which sits in an area that didn't get a lot of flooding, are riding out the storm. He feels safe.
Winds and water damaged the house during Hurricane Katrina, causing it to list precariously. It took Homan three years to rebuild the home, which is almost finished: one year to get the insurance company to write the structure off, one year to get them to pay a fair market value, and a year to build a new home that's 2 1/2 feet higher off the ground and with reinforced steel beams throughout.

"Ironically," he said, "we moved into our house 4 days before the 3rd anniversary of Katrina."