Hurricane Ida Check-In August 27, 2021 11:58 AM   Subscribe

This is a place for Gulf-area Mefites or any who are/will be affected by Hurricane Ida to check in. I know we have a lot of NOLA people, for instance. Stay safe y’all!
posted by Night_owl to MetaFilter-Related at 11:58 AM (30 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

We (uptown New Orleans) are planning to stay as of right now, will continue monitoring.
posted by tivalasvegas at 12:16 PM on August 27


Same here, also roughly uptown New Orleans.
posted by Night_owl at 1:11 PM on August 27


Gulf coast of Mississippi, checking in. Latest news suggests we will be okay. Also, my kids just tested negative for COVID after an exposure at school, so everything is coming up skewed today.
posted by skewed at 10:43 AM on August 28 [4 favorites]


Gretna (McDonoughville), checking in.

We have stayed mainly because we have elderly pets that I'm not sure can survive an evacuation.
posted by djeo at 5:42 PM on August 28 [2 favorites]


Lafayette here. We're staying unless it shifts west.
posted by atchafalaya at 6:22 PM on August 28


New Orleans sliver-by-the-River here. We are sheltering in place and have secured our stuff as best we can.
posted by domo at 8:01 PM on August 28 [2 favorites]


We are north of Montgomery.
posted by eustatic at 8:09 PM on August 28


We made it to Houston this afternoon from New Orleans. Getting really anxious about all my friends who stayed.
posted by umbú at 8:11 PM on August 28 [7 favorites]


Upper 9th ward, St Ferdinand. Me and the cat are doing great so far.
posted by hap_hazard at 8:43 PM on August 28 [3 favorites]


Mutual Aid New Orleans, moderated by Imagine Water Works, is a facebook resource, queer friendly, well-moderated
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MutualAidNewOrleans
posted by eustatic at 7:00 AM on August 29 [1 favorite]


GJ Charlet's Twitter is here

He's a bit north but still expects impacts.
posted by emjaybee at 7:13 AM on August 29 [1 favorite]


Mandeville (north shore of Lake Pontchartrain). So far just rain and some slight wind gusts. We have a whole house generator so fingers crossed that the natural gas remains in place.
posted by tafetta, darling! at 8:34 AM on August 29


If people have people in Lake Charles / Calcasieu, or there abouts, Vessel Project has been working on relief since last year, still doing intake
https://twitter.com/vesselprojectla
posted by eustatic at 9:09 AM on August 29


Still have power in Carrollton!
posted by domo at 10:17 AM on August 29 [2 favorites]


Our block in the sliver by the river still has power and internet, even though almost all the blocks around our house have power out.
posted by umbú at 12:39 PM on August 29 [3 favorites]


Uptown, near Touro. No power since lunch, but no flooding. Quite windy.
posted by gordie at 1:07 PM on August 29


Lost power about 90 minutes ago. T-mobile cell service is out. A front windowpane broke due to a wayward tree branch but we got it temporarily covered. Kids barely know anything is happening.
posted by Night_owl at 1:50 PM on August 29 [1 favorite]


Been thinking about all the people in the area suffering right now and in the days to come. Some of the video and photos of the storm and its impact are absolutely astonishing. Stay as safe as you can, all. Sending good thoughts your way.
posted by gemmy at 6:00 PM on August 29


There’s a lot of people in low-lying surrounding areas that might not have homes to come back to, and there’s been some serious damage to some buildings even within the city. We are certainly not out of the woods yet, but my family is safe for now.
posted by Night_owl at 7:33 PM on August 29 [8 favorites]


We bailed on Friday.

It's kind of funny, Friday morning I woke up and we'd been thinking about evacuating just to avoid a Zeta situation where we didn't have power for 4 days and it got unpleasant. But I was watching the morning tracks and whatnot and going "no, this thing looks bad," so I booked an evacuation hotel. By midday we were debating whether to leave Friday evening.

I had to take the car in and I plopped down for a couple hours. Watching the news conferences for that little bit and I was like "okay we need to go tonight." We started packing when I got home and keeping an eye on it and eventually got to the point where it was like "okay no just grab whatever we can and assume we're not coming back."

I am not of an age where a frantic midnight drive is a good time anymore but I suspect waiting until Saturday would've been miserable.

We'll see how things shake out but as of now we're watching footage and the news feeds like "even if we have a place to go back to, do we want to? Do we want to do this again? Say what you will about this random town we're in but we probably won't have to hurricane evacuate again."

I kinda feel like we got away with one but we'll see what morning brings.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 9:16 PM on August 29 [14 favorites]


Passing along a message from tivalasvegas: he’s all ok, but lost internet for the time being. With the power expected to be out for so long, he'll be offline for a while.
posted by zachlipton at 1:33 PM on August 30 [6 favorites]


Yeah they're saying a week without water for us and 3 weeks without power as a conservative estimate and even if we were dying to race back, that's not going to cut it. We'd been talking about getting out of hurricane country anyway (at least the coast) and our lease was up anyway. Maybe we just relocated.

We both liked NOLA and weren't in any hurry to leave but this evacuation has gone basically perfectly and it was still a nightmare. I also don't have many of these left in me. So maybe it's time!
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 2:21 PM on August 30 [6 favorites]


We evacuated north at about 9pm last night and are safe now, but fucking exhausted.

I am someone who typically loves heat and humidity but this was not that. It was hotter inside the house than it was outside. Somewhat stupidly I locked the chickens up in the washroom so it smelled like chicken shit everywhere. We went out to the car every couple hours to listen to not-particularly-useful radio updates.

Really dangerous, life threatening heat right now for a million Louisianans.
posted by tivalasvegas at 3:40 AM on August 31 [10 favorites]


Gonzales here (about an hour wnw of new Orleans). By a miracle we got power back on Monday so we've been having friends and family over to wash clothes and stuff since a generator won't do that. Got some trees down and some minor roof damage but that leaves us getting off very light.
posted by bolda at 1:07 PM on September 1 [5 favorites]


That’s great to hear! I used to go through Gonzales every month on my way to Carville. Glad you fared okay.
posted by Night_owl at 1:40 PM on September 1


Flash flooding like I've never seen in NYC. Over a foot of water on my block and I'm not in a coastal flood zone.
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:06 PM on September 1 [4 favorites]


That's crazy. We just moved back down here from MD and saw news that an apartment building on our old street flooded extremely badly. This storm really had some legs. Hope you and yours are ok.
posted by Night_owl at 9:59 PM on September 1


The generator s called "storm responder 6500" does not like to be wet, even a little bit.

Halp I need damp rid for an emergency generator. Luckily the rain cooled off everything to 80 degrees
posted by eustatic at 8:56 PM on September 2


Wireless broadband in New Orleans works very well though. They run off a diesel generator on the Falstaff tower. Although if your house is surrounded by live oaks, it s very difficult for you to get signal.
posted by eustatic at 8:58 PM on September 2


oh hey metafilter is a site that exists

hooked up with a friend, bugged out to Alabama, came back early because said friend was deemed Essential Personnel at their job (the zoo), sweated a lot for a few days, power came back on tonight and I found this thread after acquiring Psychonauts 2 and playing it for several hours

it sure has been A Fucking Week
posted by egypturnash at 10:48 PM on September 4 [3 favorites]


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