Monday, September 1, 2008


A few notes to let everyone know that we're safe.

1. We left home at 8:00 am yesterday morning. "We" means both of us, Mame, and the two cats. Getting out of the city was very easy, thanks to the contra-flow. We ran into some traffic congestion just north of Opelousas, at a point where they were converging four lanes of traffic into two. That delayed us a bit, but then it was clear sailing again until we got to Texas. Mame has another friend in Dallas, so we met him for dinner and dropped her off with him. We ran into some more traffic in Texas, and got lost around Fort Worth trying to find the road to the house. We arrived just before midnight.

2. CNN is running a story about storm surge overtopping levees. As best we can tell from here, it's not nearly as bad as it might sound. It's at the Industrial Canal, which seems to be holding okay. The fact that it's overtopping instead of breaching means that not very much water is actually getting onto the wrong side of the levee. There isn't much we've seen or heard about our part of the city, except that campus looks fine. Gustav is continuing to pass us by and weaken, so it looks like we're going to be okay.

3. We are currently at the house of the father of a friend of mine from the Physics Department. There's a lot of physics grad students here with us, and we're actually quite comfortable. Tulane has canceled classes this week, and we hope to be back later this week or by the weekend. Hannah and Ike willing, of course.



Blogger Benjamin said...

Of all many the things I could ask about, this is the one that pops to mind most insistently: did you get to use the contraflow lanes on the freeway?

Glad to hear that you're safe, and it sounds as if your house and New Orleans will escape with little to no real damage.

September 2, 2008 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Connor said...

I've you leave for Louisiana now, you might even get home in time to catch McCain running around being a hero!

September 2, 2008 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger raisin said...

Thanks for the post, glad you guys will be okay. One way for Nora to get out of class! Love to you both.

September 2, 2008 at 8:38 PM  

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