Just some quick updates since our satellite Internet stopped functioning.
- We have a tornado watch in effect until midnight tonight.
- We are not out of the woods as far as storm surge, but the situation is hopeful. The storm surge at Grand Isle did not get as high as expected, and that is a good marker for storm surge in the Barataria Basin and the strength of the storm. Still, Tab says we are not out of the woods as far as flooding. We will be looking at winds of 50 knots coming out of the south, which can push a lot of water, especially in the Sunset Drainage District.
- The parish is expecting to begin a flood fight tomorrow if necessary. We have at our disposal about 27,000 sandbags, and public works will be out placing them in strategic areas to keep any surge at bay.
- We are also focusing tonight on clearing all major roadways just enough to allow emergency vehciles to pass. The complete road clearing will take most of the day tomorrow. It is strongly suggested that residents not come back into the parish tomorrow. Roads are covered with debris and power lines, and there will be no ice, no gas, no food availability, etc.
- Parish workers will also be out tomorrow doing preliminary damage assessments for public property.
- Based on information from waterworks, infrastructure damage is less than in Katrina. There are less leaks in the water system.
- The parish has received about 3.5 inches of rain today.
More video later... I am feeling sick...