Thursday, September 01, 2005


This morning as I was at Bally's, Harry Connick Jr appeared on the TV. I know he is a native of New Orleans so I understood why he was in the city, and why he would be an interesting interview. I have sort of tried to distance myself from the news, part out of necessity (very very busy lately) part out of shock at what is going on in a city I have been to a few times (Mardi Gras has given me some of the greatest memories, and pictures/videos, of my life).

Anyway, Connick was asked about the situation in the Superdome. His response was "it can't be any worse than sitting there for three hours watching the Saints play." I laughed. It was funny because I didn't know the extent of the horror those in the Superdone are facing.

I do now...

A 2-year-old girl slept in a pool of urine. Crack vials littered a restroom. Blood stained the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers...

The Louisiana Superdome, once a mighty testament to architecture and ingenuity, became the biggest storm shelter in New Orleans the day before Katrina's arrival Monday. About 16,000 people eventually settled in...

"We pee on the floor. We are like animals," said Taffany Smith, 25, as she cradled her 3-week-old son, Terry. In her right hand she carried a half-full bottle of formula provided by rescuers. Baby supplies are running low; one mother said she was given two diapers and told to scrape them off when they got dirty and use them again.

At least two people, including a child, have been raped. At least three people have died, including one man who jumped 50 feet to his death, saying he had nothing left to live for.

The hurricane left most of southern Louisiana without power, and the arena, which is in the central business district of New Orleans, was not spared. The air conditioning failed immediately and a swampy heat filled the dome...

There is no sanitation. The stench is overwhelming. The city's water supply, which had held up since Sunday, gave out early Wednesday, and toilets in the Superdome became inoperable and began to overflow.

"There is feces on the walls," said Bryan Hebert, 43, who arrived at the Superdome on Monday. "There is feces all over the place..."

Thankfully, the stadium could be totally evacuated by tonight, and one assumes that the Astrodome and other locations are better prepared to handle the crisis.

Honestly, there isn't much to say, help if you can.