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Posted on Sun, Aug 28, 2005 23:21

Just Hours from now, Mid morning on August 29th, Hurricane Katrina will Hit New Orleans with 125mph winds and the water level is expected to rise 25ft in coastal areas.They are expecting almost total devastation as this is one of the most powerful storms ever charted.

Some of my family in Covington has mandatory evacuations, and they are almost 100 miles inland. Gonna be a bad one. Hope they all get out of town OK

Since there are 40% of our oil refineries there, A gallon of gas is expected to rise 25 cents a gallon.

Hope and Pray for the best.



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Posted on Tue, Sep 13, 2005 21:28

No Kiddin..I was trying to get them to think ahead...It could take years to find someone to er_ect (Can't use this word either...LOL) your structure back...and then it will never be the same... or how you wanted it.

Many pitfalls await during re-construction.



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Posted on Tue, Sep 13, 2005 09:31

Probably the only answer is to be your own contractor. Hire the different skilled people direct, whereever and whenever you can find them. That is not fun either, but it's what I do because it gives you a little more control over the situtation.

Rebuilding is going to be a mess beyond belief, fursure.



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Posted on Tue, Sep 13, 2005 08:38


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Houston had 50,000 houses flooded in 2001, which is nothing compared to this loss. About the soonest anyone had their house restored by a contractor was six weeks, and many took a year or year and a half. That was with a army of people working all over the city.

Some contractors would take the job and then just send one guy over to work for about two days per week. They could not possible do all the houses they contracted to do. Advise anyone to make sure the contract calls for a completion date with a penality clause for being late.



I haven't heard of a building contract having a completion date with a penalty clause since 1980...no builder around here would touch it. Too much business for them...they'd walk away.



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Posted on Tue, Sep 13, 2005 07:52

I had heard the same thing happened after Hurricane Hugo...That getting someone to rebuild was almost impossible and 18 month motel stays were not uncommon.

I believe the latest reports are over 1/2 a million homeless...Thats alot of houses.



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Posted on Tue, Sep 13, 2005 00:02

Houston had 50,000 houses flooded in 2001, which is nothing compared to this loss. About the soonest anyone had their house restored by a contractor was six weeks, and many took a year or year and a half. That was with a army of people working all over the city.

Some contractors would take the job and then just send one guy over to work for about two days per week. They could not possible do all the houses they contracted to do. Advise anyone to make sure the contract calls for a completion date with a penality clause for being late.



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Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2005 13:26

That's good of you to do that WWPT. I was thinking many church groups will do something like that as well. So it may take some burden off construction companies. You are right, with everyone wanting to rebuild at once, it will be on a first come first serve basis. It will be a slow rebuilding process.



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Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2005 12:47

After 14 days I finally find out they've got 14ft of water in their town, With the same levee that held it back-now holding it in. Poetic, almost.

Am waiting to hear if they need help re-constructing. Have offered to come down there with a crew and put up a house in 2 weeks and leave the motorhome for them. Finding contractors will become a major problem soon, Even waving insurance checks won't guarantee you'll get someone to start work in the near future.

Have ample volunteers to help do an old fashioned "barn raising". My town will probably load the motorhome to the hilt with donated items to bring with us. All they have to do is ask....



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Posted on Sun, Sep 11, 2005 22:04

Thanks for the post Mich, and I totally agree. I hope you play it safe and stay safe. Write if I can help U with anything. I am in Houston.

If you need anything to repair your relatives place, I can recomment Maintenance USA (owned by and same as Barnett) for a lot of my purchases to maintain or repair property. The have warehouses in many major cities. They have AC/heating, electrical, plumbing, electrical controls, -- 15,000 thousand items. 1-800-283-40*00. Shaw is my sales rep. They will deliver almost anywhere free via shipping companies if you have a address they can find and if trucking companies are operating in the area now.

their web site is www*e-musa*com



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Posted on Sun, Sep 11, 2005 14:00


333smile write:
luckysolucky has just returned from the hardest hit area spending a week worked in many areas of relief, ER, body search, supplies....another example of the big hearts members have here and a beautiful lady ...



Isn't she a terrific lady? :-)



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Posted on Sun, Sep 11, 2005 10:13

Contradictions abound. Black/white, rich/poor, healthy/sick, old/young, but all with one common thread,,,gratefully surviving to build a new life. I'm back in Lacombe La. after being evaced for a respiratory condition myself. I've seen it all here,,,the good the bad and the ugly. There's blame enough to go around for years to come for the early failures but for now the focus is on putting these peoples lives back together and the rest (biased politics) is backburner fodder to the fine folks in the traumatized community i'm in. No looting, raping,or violations of humanity here since day one. I've witnessed more acts of unselfish kindness and generosity to help complete strangers in this short time than most are privy to in a lifetime and i'm having real difficulty to understand the hostilities of people hundreds and thousands of miles removed from all this, sitting in front of the bo*ob tube to conclude its basically a failed effort. Mistakes were made and some will continue, needless life was likely lost and this also will continue to some degree but to jump on the naysayers bandwagon, demanding accountability, even as life saving and restoration efforts continue, smacks of small mindedness and a direct slap in the face to the thousands of volunteers as well as those 99.7 % most directly dealing with personal loss who have exemplified the true American spirit of pulling together like no other people on the face of the planet, in the face of human adversity. I've seen it,,,,i've lived and breathed it for almost 2 weeks and no amount of disingenuous pandering of 20/20 hindsite is appropriate until such time lives are no longer still in danger and basic needs have been restored,,,,,,,,,,at least in this one mans humble opinion.



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Posted on Sun, Sep 11, 2005 09:18

luckysolucky has just returned from the hardest hit area spending a week worked in many areas of relief, ER, body search, supplies....another example of the big hearts members have here and a beautiful lady ...



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Posted on Sun, Sep 11, 2005 07:50

AMEN



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Posted on Sun, Sep 11, 2005 05:06

Robotic...I'm sorry that you feel the way you do. Growing up "poor" as you say should give you an even better sense of what most are experiencing right now. Aside from the handful of "thugs" for lack of a better word, most people are hardworkers and may not have much, what they did have is completely gone, including the job they had even if it were minimum wage. Everyone has a story, and I'm sure we will hear them for years to come. In the meantime, we need to pull together and help get these poeple back on track. Any and every little thing helps. We have a long road ahead of us as a country and remember, none of us are exempt from a natural disaster, it can happen anytime/anywhere. So, it doesn't pay to be bitter nor to live in the past. If anything, prayer is a contribution to this all. So join the rest of us and do you're part. :)



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Posted on Sat, Sep 10, 2005 20:34

Robotic, 333smile gave you about 20 churches that were open, no one wants to get on the ships, the Astrodome is under control, yes there will be money wasted, probably lots of it, but now is not the time to worry about it. Instead, lets think of all the free labor, housing, shelters, help in shelters plus material and manpower donated by people all over the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, in etc. and lets thank them for it.



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Posted on Sat, Sep 10, 2005 13:32


READY502 write:
Robotic,

You're such a downer! Why not lighten up?



Agree...I skim the first few lines, see how negative it is, then quit reading. Waste of my time.



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Posted on Sat, Sep 10, 2005 10:35

Robotic,

You're such a downer! Why not lighten up?

  


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Posted on Sat, Sep 10, 2005 10:18

Those cruise ships are going to have millions of dollars worth of damage and looting. Just wait for the news on what happens to them. They'll be lucky to stay afloat.

I'll bet those captains are furious, beside themselves. I'll bet they feel like a father with his hands tied behind his back watching his daughter being rap*ed.

I feel certain that right here in Houston Reliant Stadium, The Astrodome, and the George R. Brown Convention Center will also sustain hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage and looting.

And it'll be your and my taxes paying for the damage.

I haven't heard of any churches, major or minor, taking in refugees. They couldn't stand the damage.

When A&M took in refugees President Gates had them vetted and wanded, twice, and then a non-student accompanies every refugee when they go anywhere on campus. Now that is smart. I congratulate you President Gates.

I see by the Houston Chronicle today the Federal Government is finally spending or thinking about spending millions of dollars checking on where the billions of dollars have and are going. The horse is out of the gate. And they are looking for it. They don't even know where it went.

It'll be like hundred dollar hammers and thousand dollar toilets.



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Posted on Fri, Sep 09, 2005 22:39


robotic123_74 write:
I have no idea what that product is but I doubt it would affect both a bacteria and a virus. A virus and a bacteria are totally different things. A bacteria is a living organism, a virus is not. There is no such thing as an anti-virotic that I know of but there are several anti-biotics.

You can be vaccinated or even catch a virus and your body develops antibodies against it but there is no anti-virotic that I know of.

An anti-biotic works directly against the biological organism such as a bacteria.




This is not true. You are thinking about killing both bacteria and viruses after they enter the bloodstream. Think of prevention -- before it enters the blood, say killing stuff in the New Orleans water for instance. There are many things, that will kill both. For instance, look up provine iodine, used as a surgicial scrub. Don't drink it however, - horrible death. They are many things that will kill both, but some are not safe to use. This product is suppose to be extremely safe - you can even drink it in very dilute solutions. I brush my teeth with it all the time,use it in my A/C ducts to kill mold and bacteria, etc. etc.



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Posted on Fri, Sep 09, 2005 22:12

There is a fungus among us.



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