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Old 09-02-2008, 09:49 PM   #141
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Glad to see nasty old Gustav didn't hurt any of my ER friends. I'd offer to help clean up, but I'm retired .

I know NOLA has lots of charm but I'd sure hate to have to deal with a hurricane every few years when I really get old. Missouri sounds much less exciting.

You just roll the dice with tornado's more often.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:51 PM   #142
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Glad you're okay, W2R--maybe you'll find a charming little cottage on your unexpected visit to Springfield!
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:04 PM   #143
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Glad you're okay, W2R--maybe you'll find a charming little cottage on your unexpected visit to Springfield!
Thank you! Yes, we found several - - though we are trying to wait until after we move here, before we buy. Seems like more great deals show up every time we check the real estate websites.

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You just roll the dice with tornado's more often.
Interesting that you bring that up - - we happen to have had several tornados in New Orleans today, as they are commonly associated with tropical storms and hurricanes. One went within a mile of my home, I think?. Don't know for sure. Somehow in our area they never seem to manage to destroy hundreds of thousands of homes and the infrastructure for an entire city, all in one afternoon. Maybe I will get a home with a basement in Missouri, though!
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:09 PM   #144
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Glad to see nasty old Gustav didn't hurt any of my ER friends. I'd offer to help clean up, but I'm retired .
What about Alan? I think he lives in Baton Rouge, which I heard had some strong winds from Gustav.

Thanks, though!
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Thank you! Yes, we found several - - though we are trying to wait until after we move here, before we buy. Seems like more great deals show up every time we check the real estate websites.


Interesting that you bring that up - - we happen to have had several tornados in New Orleans today, as they are commonly associated with tropical storms and hurricanes. One went within a mile of my home, I think?. Don't know for sure. Somehow in our area they never seem to manage to destroy hundreds of thousands of homes and the infrastructure for an entire city, all in one afternoon. Maybe I will get a home with a basement in Missouri, though!
Ive had to take shelter a few times growing up in the Midwest due to tornado's. It wasn't bad. At least with tornado's you do not have to evacuate. However sometimes you can have very little warning. Just one of those things you deal with.
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Oh, yay, the 11pm track for Hanna sure looks like my backyard. Great.
But a small one, so no worries for us. Whew!
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We went to Springfield, Missouri - - our tentative ER location......
I was just checking the radar before I hit the pillows, and it looks like some of the remnants of Gustav are visiting you there in your tentative ER location. Mostly just rain with a just little bit of wind for good measure. Ya can run, but ya can't hide.
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948 PM CDT TUE SEP 2 2008

SHOWERS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL WILL AFFECT LOCATIONS FROM BRANSON TO
NEOSHO THROUGH 12 AM. RAINFALL RATES WILL AVERAGE ONE QUARTER TO
ONE HALF INCH PER HOUR. A FEW OF THE STORMS MAY ALSO PRODUCE WIND
GUSTS TO 35 MPH. SURROUNDING THIS BAND OF HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE
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P.S.--> Hope you're enjoying your ER practice session visit to Springfield! There's some really nice places around there. We used to spend some time over in Thayer (in the hills about 130 miles SE from Springfield) every summer....I had 2 sets of great-uncles/aunts that lived in Thayer, and my Dad spent several years of his youth about 20 miles away in Billmore. We usually hit the Springfield & Branson areas once or twice a year.....not this year though, too many other trips planned.

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Oh, yay, the 11pm track for Hanna sure looks like my backyard. Great.
But a small one, so no worries for us. Whew!
Good luck with Hanna!!! Are they sure this will remain a small one? I really hope so.
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I was just checking the radar before I hit the pillows, and it looks like some of the remnants of Gustav are visiting you there in your tentative ER location. Mostly just rain with a just little bit of wind for good measure. Ya can run, but ya can't hide.
It was a little drizzly today, and I took my umbrella. Amazing that Gustav would follow us this far north! No big deal, though. It is kind of fun to see Springfield in the rain. We have seen it in the snow, and with ice, but not on a rainy day up to now.


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P.S.--> Hope you're enjoying your ER practice session visit to Springfield! There's some really nice places around there. We used to spend some time over in Thayer (in the hills about 130 miles SE from Springfield) every summer....I had 2 sets of great-uncles/aunts that lived in Thayer, and my Dad spent several years of his youth about 20 miles away in Billmore. We usually hit the Springfield & Branson areas once or twice a year.....not this year though, too many other trips planned.

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Thanks, we are having a very nice time indeed. Today we explored Republic, a little town about 6-8 miles west of Springfield. That was fun and interesting, though we decided that we both prefer living in Springfield itself. We also spent some time cruising around neighborhoods in Springfield, getting a slow leak in a tire fixed, shopping, napping, going to Outback. Finally we did our laundry while listening to New Orleans radio informational broadcasts via streaming internet.

We drove through or past Thayer on our way here from Jonesboro. That's a really nice part of the state, as well.
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Ive had to take shelter a few times growing up in the Midwest due to tornado's. It wasn't bad. At least with tornado's you do not have to evacuate. However sometimes you can have very little warning. Just one of those things you deal with.
Well like I said in my post, we have them in New Orleans too (for example, several today!!!) so I am not sure I get your point. I had a BIG one jump over me in Mississippi, as well, heavily damaging homes on both sides. It's not like the South is "The Land Of No Tornados" or something. Now to me, Missouri would be "The Land of No Hurricanes"!

I do remember that Missouri seemed to have a lot of tornados when I lived there. But really, all we ever did was go to the basement.
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Well like I said in my post, we have them in New Orleans too (for example, several today!!!) so I am not sure I get your point. I had a BIG one jump over me in Mississippi, as well, heavily damaging homes on both sides. It's not like the South is "The Land Of No Tornados" or something. Now to me, Missouri would be "The Land of No Hurricanes"!

I do remember that Missouri seemed to have a lot of tornados when I lived there. But really, all we ever did was go to the basement.
Ok have a nice day Was just making conversation.
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Ok have a nice day Was just making conversation.
Oh, OK. Hope you have a nice evening, too. No tornados for you, since you DO live in the "Land of No Tornados".
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I hope everything goes smoothly for you.

When I see all those cars sitting on the interstate it really makes me glad I'm not going through that.

The media to me at least seems like they are almost rooting for the hurricane!

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Oh, OK. Hope you have a nice evening, too. No tornados for you, since you DO live in the "Land of No Tornados".
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Amazing that Gustav would follow us this far north!
Andrew kicked our butts all the way up in Massachusetts. Knocked our power out for 2 days, cracked one of our windows, flooded the garage and the water got so deep in the street that it forced one of the rubber floor plugs out of my mercedes and I had a couple of gallons of water in the footwell in the back.
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Andrew kicked our butts all the way up in Massachusetts. Knocked our power out for 2 days, cracked one of our windows, flooded the garage and the water got so deep in the street that it forced one of the rubber floor plugs out of my mercedes and I had a couple of gallons of water in the footwell in the back.
We have just a persistent light rain here in Springfield, Missouri. This, I can handle.

Although there wasn't much damage to my workplace, we found out we are definitely on administrative leave for the rest of the week due to no electricity or toilet/sewage capabilities at work. The same is true for Frank. So, we are in no hurry to return.

I guess we will have to head home on Saturday, if it looks like power has been mostly restored to the area. Right now, there is still no power at my house or my work. No lights, no toilet, no clean clothes, no showers.... Ewww!! This city girl refuses to live that way.
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Jefferson Parish officials report that all sewerage lift stations on the West Bank are not working and 70 percent of the stations on the East Bank are inoperable.

Entergy has not restored power to most of Jefferson Parish's 505 sewerage lift stations which move wastewater from homes and businesses and to the wastewater treatment plants.


In addition, the heavy rains yesterday infiltrated the sewer system in many locations, so underground wastewater pipes are full and the wastewater is not moving.

Residents are cautioned not to flush toilets, wash clothes or dishes, take showers, or allow any water to go down the drains in their homes or businesses. If the system becomes overwhelmed, sewerage wastewater may back up and overflow into homes and businesses.
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So mainly those friends/relatives she's checked since this morning - mainly Slidell in those parts she knows people have power.

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UncleMick, I think your friend Randy is right about it being worse in BR. They were much closer to the storm and got hit hard!

I am pretty sure it's a public health hazard to have two million evacuees coming back to this sort of conditions. Odd that we aren't hearing public health officials weighing in.
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The Red Cross stationed my husband in BR to ride out the storm. He agrees it is pretty bad there will all the downed trees and power lines. The buildings didn't take too hard of a hit but the word is that it is going to be weeks before all the power is back on. He's not real thrilled with the FEMA response in BR as they just arrived today from TX where they were staged to either go to the east or to the west.

At least he's happy now because there is something to do but he didn't appreciate sitting in stopped traffic for an hour and a half watching the 5 helicopters circling while the President finished his visit and got the heck out of there.
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