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Crisis at University Hospital

•”Through text messages and intermittent cell phone calls I have learned that 1,300 patients and staff remain trapped mere blocks from the Superdome at the University Hospital on Gravier Street (in New Orleans).

“Here’s what they report: No power, sewage, food or water for 48+ hours, all exits are flooded, save one that leads to more water, no supplies have been delivered, 11 doctors shared 2 flashlights last night, many dead are reported in the hospital, the generator in the basement flooded, no helipad exists, no word from the outside world on a rescue or a plan, the stench is said to be unbearable and the collective mood and health standards are going downhill quickly.”

– Posted Aug. 31, 2005 ( 9076525/) by Jason Newton.

The Interdictor: info update

•”Personal: Securing a 27 floor high rise with no elevator support is not fun. I am totally worn out. I am gonna chill for an hour, eat dinner, then perform maintenance. But never fear, Outpost Crystal and Team SOTI have knuckled down and will never quit. Never. We are prepared to go all the way to see this thing through. Thanks again for all the support and love. One day this will all be over and ancient history, but I’ll never forget the kindness of strangers. Keep the less fortunate people in your thoughts and prayers. “

– Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 4:23 p.m. ( interdictor) in New Orleans (The blogger is staying in a 27 story skyscraper in New Orleans, managing his company’s data center with his girlfriend and a diesel generator).

Lines for ice and gas

•”Locals in our Mobile and Gulf Shores forums are reporting lines for ice and gas where they are available. Also from the Mobile forum, AngieB93 says:

“The Hillcrest area, and areas around Grelot, Cody, and Schillinger has sporadic power and phones. Not consistently on, but not consistently off, either! Enough air conditioning to be thankful it was ever invented. Anyone trying to get ahold of anyone in this area, keep trying. Some folks have gone back to work today, but life is starting to return to normal in these areas. We have been blessed!”

– Posted Aug. 31 ( stormcentral/).

Communications are down

•”Communications to the Biloxi area are down – phone, e-mail, Internet …. These connectivity issues are what have kept Don Hammack and Geoff Pender from updating this blog. If you work for The Sun Herald, please contact the paper to let us know where you are. As we know the news, we will post it to We’re in this with you for the long haul.”

– Posted Aug. 30 at 6:58 p.m. ( sunherald/) in Biloxi.

John’s Online Journal: audio post

•”I had to come to Baton Rouge to bring some patients home – we’re discharging everyone from the hospital because we’re about to run out of food. We do have generator power and we do have water, but the city of Covington has no electricity, has new sewer, has no water. It’s going to be weeks before that’s restored. Thousands of trees are down. It’s that way all over the region. They eye of the storm went up through eastern New Orleans … and the devastation is beyond belief. It’s going to take years…it’s going to have to be rebuilt…these are going to be different towns.”

– Posted Aug. 30 at 2:36 p.m. ( in Covington, La.

–Compiled by Steven R. Neuman

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