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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #60 on: September 04, 2021, 08:35:46 PM »
I was deployed to Louisiana for the last week in response to Ida with my FEMA urban search and rescue team.  I was in place in Lafayette just before the storm made landfall.  It was predicted to come right over us, but it went East.  The next day they sent us closer to NOLA.  They had been projecting that damage could have been just like from Katrina, but luckily that wasn't the case.  Still, the whole area was very hard hit by wind that took down more powerlines and poles than I could have imagined.  I just returned home today.
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« Reply #61 on: September 04, 2021, 09:35:04 PM »
We drive.  Our convoy consists of 3 tractor trailers, 5 flatbeds F550's, 1 eleven passenger van, 3 Ford Excursions and 2 large busses.  We pull 3 boat trailers that carry 2 boats each, 2 gooseneck trailers, 1 bumper pull enclosed trailer and one flatbed trailer carrying a Kubota utility vehicle.  One of the tractor trailers is a flatbed carrying several large pallets, a large generator, a forklift and another Kubota.  While  we can load our equipment cache on C130, usually its better to drive.  We have much more flexibility that way.  With hurricanes, we have enough notice that we leave ahead of landfall and are in place ahead of time.  We do a lot of training with helicopters, namely Chinooks and Blackhawks.  
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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #62 on: September 05, 2021, 03:19:48 AM »
Those tornadoes are nasty but they are sorta random as to what they will destroy. Seen results of one here a few years ago. Took out a trailer home, nothing but insulation scattered in the yard. And there was a family inside, unharmed. Right across the road is an old farm house, never touched it. Went across two heavy transmission lines, no damage, then tore a path down through the maple woods and died out before it got to the St John River, probably a mile from that trailer home.

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« Reply #63 on: September 05, 2021, 06:11:55 AM »
Canada sent crews to Chester County to help get our electricity restored!  Canada!  Talk about an overwhelming feeling of comfort and joy. Theyve got our backs. Thank you Canadians!  

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« Reply #64 on: September 05, 2021, 07:37:20 AM »
One of the last storms I worked before retiring I worked with some Line crews from Canada.  They were all retired from their first jobs.  This storm work was a part time gig as I recall. They did a great job.  I do not speak french so on a few occasions I had to use a translator app to communicate.

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« Reply #65 on: September 05, 2021, 08:58:21 AM »
Yoopers also speak a language all their own but it sure isnt French and to foreigners it may as well be. 

Necessity is also the mother of understanding a language you werent taught.  Yesterday I was driving Amish and he asked to stop at the end of the drive to speak with his neighbor. She was up a bank so hollering commenced. When he got back in the car, I asked whos birthday had she mentioned and he temporarily had a look of horror cross his face that an outsider was capable of eavesdropping. Very quickly he recovered and began to chuckle and said that I always amaze them. 
 

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« Reply #66 on: September 05, 2021, 10:32:49 AM »
Don't know if Ida was the cause, but we had some very nice slow rain here in Kansas, Thursday nite we got 3/4", and then Friday nite we received 2" more, nice and slow.  Now the beans are soaked up and we will have a nice fall harvest, as long as we don't get an early frost.  Just in time for the beans, they were getting crisp, but seem to be recovering nicely.
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« Reply #67 on: September 06, 2021, 08:59:32 AM »
Yoopers also speak a language all their own but it sure isnt French and to foreigners it may as well be.

Necessity is also the mother of understanding a language you werent taught.  Yesterday I was driving Amish and he asked to stop at the end of the drive to speak with his neighbor. She was up a bank so hollering commenced. When he got back in the car, I asked whos birthday had she mentioned and he temporarily had a look of horror cross his face that an outsider was capable of eavesdropping. Very quickly he recovered and began to chuckle and said that I always amaze them.
 
I have two brothers that speak pretty fluent German, when either of them are around the language most often spoken is English!
They were both dumbfounded a while back when they (the Amish neighbors) were speaking German and one of my brothers broke in and said "Ah, spreken ze doich"!  :o
After that, the were probably careful of what they said!  :)  
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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #68 on: September 06, 2021, 10:17:26 AM »
Still no power as of this morning.  I am all good except for the power situation.

The following is drone footage of Grand Isle, LA.  Lot of damage to the western side of the island as it is lower in elevation which allowed the storm surge to break through the protective berm and wash over the island.  Everything on the ground floor and camps that were not 10 ft off the ground were wash away.




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« Reply #69 on: September 06, 2021, 11:15:26 AM »
That is horribly depressing.  I have fished out of Port Fourchon with Capt. Charlie Hardison many times.  Of course he is gone but the Charter Service was still there.

(I'll be fishing a bit further East next week.)  :)
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« Reply #70 on: September 06, 2021, 03:32:59 PM »
 @2 Jugs I'm so sorry.  That damage is devastating.  We had folks telling us that we were needed in Grand Isle, but of course we can only go where FEMA sends us to help and that was not one of the places.  I do know that another Task Force was eventually sent there.
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« Reply #71 on: September 06, 2021, 06:05:09 PM »
MM,

May the Lord bless you on your trip next week.

ffots,

No offense, but you lucked out on not going to Grand Isle.  The living conditions down there are brutal and will be for a while.

I have several friends with camps down there and spent many weekends fishing and relaxing on Grand Isle.  I have seen it come back from Katrina and Gustav and many other smaller hurricanes.  The devastation from Ida is in a whole other category.  Normally, it will take a week or 2 for services to be restored and cleanup would end but normal is years away.  For some, all they had done there is gone.  For them, there will be a new normal

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« Reply #72 on: September 12, 2021, 06:24:09 PM »
Today the wife and I made a run to La Rose, LA(60 miles north of Grand Isle) to visit one of her co-workers.  The damage is really bad down there and we are 2 weeks out from the storm.  I can only imagine what it looked like the day after.  Electric companies are rebuilding most of the grid.  

The further you go, the worse it gets.   :( :( :(
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