August 30, 2005

"It's complete devastation" (updated)

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"Let me tell you something, folks. I've been out there. It's complete devastation," Gulfport Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said Monday. He estimated that 75 percent of buildings in Gulfport have major roof damage, "if they have a roof left at all."

Gulfport experienced a storm surge of more than 20 feet. Think about that for a second. Stand up, and if you're six feet tall, the water level pushed inland was more than three times your height.

We've had no word about my neice in Gulfport, who refused to evacuate despite living within blocks of the beach. At this point, I could care less about her, but I'm worried sick about her small children.

"The hurricane was scary," Scott Radish told The Times-Picayune. "All the tree branches fell, but the building stood. I thought I was doing good. Then I noticed my Jeep was under water."

"I've never encountered anything like it in my life. It just kept rising and rising and rising," said Bryan Vernon, who spent three hours on his roof, screaming over howling winds for someone to save him and his fiancee.

Idiots like these shouldn't be spared natural selection. Call me hardhearted, but I'd leave 'em right where they are, especially if rescuing their stupid asses meant someone else has to risk their lives.

Across a street that had turned into a river bobbing with garbage cans, trash and old tires, a woman leaned from the second-story window of a brick home and pleaded to be rescued.

"There are three kids in here," the woman said. "Can you help us?"

You had the chance to save your children, and blew it. I hope they learn from this experience, and I hope they never forget that you're a selfish nitwit who endangered their lives for no good reason.

Worried sick and pissed off, that's me.

Update: Just got word that their house is gone. Completely. No news about my niece and the kids.

Posted by: Ted at 07:51 AM | category: Square Pegs
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1 I hope your family is ok, Ted. *fingers crossed big time*

Posted by: RP at August 30, 2005 02:17 PM (LlPKh)

2 Ditto RP's comment.

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at August 30, 2005 04:48 PM (jiSuM)

3 Oh my god Ted, I hope things are better than they sound. My thoughts and prayers go out to them and to your family.

Posted by: Oorgo at August 30, 2005 06:39 PM (lM0qs)

4 Yes, what they said...

Posted by: nic at August 30, 2005 07:19 PM (l+W8Z)

5 I pray that they are all right. This turned out to be as bad as everyone feared. And I really do understand how you are feeling, too.

Posted by: GEBIV at August 30, 2005 07:55 PM (oUEKc)

6 I've gotten word that my aunt, uncle, cousins, and cousins once removed are all okay in Ocean Springs.

I hope yours are okay, too, Ted.

Posted by: Brian J. at August 30, 2005 09:33 PM (V04ml)

7 This is awful. I hope that the next word you get about the kiddies is better than the word about the house. Fingers and toes are crossed.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at August 30, 2005 09:52 PM (fQhXy)

8 I will keep you and them in my prayers.

Posted by: michele at August 30, 2005 11:18 PM (SiKJC)

9 Here I was so worried about my aunt and her family in Gautier that I haven't been making the blog-rounds and so didn't realize you had folks on the gulf coast, too. I'm glad they're alive...

Posted by: Susie at September 04, 2005 01:41 AM (nekkG)

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