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quickcleanlawn
08-30-2008, 10:26 PM
This damm storm is comming and there talking 20' storm suge.
We tried booking hotel rooms with no luck , so it looks as if we are going to have to stick it out again.
Ill be sure to take pictures this time.

Steve
08-30-2008, 11:54 PM
OH WOW! This has the potential to get really crazy. I hope you all are going to be safe.

I was watching a show the other day where the Army Corps of Engineers were talking about the walls holding back the sea were only designed for a level 3 hurricane at their max. Then it was showing how these walls failed for multiple reasons. It was really a fascinating show to watch from an engineering stand point.

I do look forwards to seeing the pics you take but above all else I hope nothing happens so you won't need to take any pictures.

What have they been doing down there with the evacuation so far and how has that been going?

quickcleanlawn
08-31-2008, 12:22 AM
We maybe leaving my wife found a place, and she has been comtacting him. its some where in oxford Miss.:confused:
just found out some things changed in the path of the storm and we maybe looking at another katrina situation if not worst.

Steve
08-31-2008, 12:24 AM
Your mayor said "You need to be scared," Nagin said of the Category 4 hurricane tearing along Cuba's western coast. "You need to be concerned, and you need to get your butts moving out of New Orleans right now. This is the storm of the century."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/08/30/gustav.prepare/index.html

I almost can't believe that a storm could be worse than Katrina but it looks like this one has potential to do that.

musician/lawnman
08-31-2008, 09:09 AM
Blaine,

Sorry to hear this thing is coming your way. As someone who has taken a direct hit from a Cat. 4 hurricane (Charlie in 2004).... get the hell out bro.
Don't be foolish. There isn't a damn thing there worth dying for & the mental illusion we me give ourselves of "I'll stay behind to watch over the house & make sure everything is ok....." is just that a huge illusion.
Once these storms are hitting hard enough for you to realize you can't do anything to stop any of the damage they cause, your now sitting there fearing for your life as they rip your house apart.... It's too damn late to run at that point. You end up thinking "what a stupid way to die, I could have just gotten the hell outta here".

Throw your jewelry, expensive tools, tax papers, guns & family photo albums in the car & get your *** out. I had to rebuild our house after Charlie, it sucked! But things can be replaced, lives can't.

That's my 2 cents anyway.

Little's
08-31-2008, 12:02 PM
Chuck, that is good insight. I think a lot of people have this picture in their minds that they can do something, when actually they cant. I live in an area that has never been in a hurricane, and probably never will, so I dont know what one is going through when faced with these decisions. Just make smart choices when you can.
Good luck, Blaine

quickcleanlawn
08-31-2008, 05:23 PM
well my wifes parents and my parents both refuse to leave, so it seems we are staying, anyways.
good news though the storm has down sized alot, plus we have easy access to a boat if needed, and we are on the mississippi river ridge, which is the highest point in the city. I appreciate all the concern and I will keep you guys updated for as long as I can.we will more than likley loose power tonight or tomorow, depends on if gustav slows down any. he is comming at us at 15 mph( thats pretty fast, so he wont have the chance to drop that much rain in one spot.
The best part about not leaving is we will be one of the first companys available for clean up, gotta get the chain saw blades sharppened and ready to go.

quickcleanlawn
08-31-2008, 08:31 PM
took some pics. these are the first rain bands.
real wicked sh**, they were so low I tought I cold touch them. just before the news put us under a tornado watch.
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musician/lawnman
08-31-2008, 08:31 PM
Well if that is your final decision.... then good luck, God bless & stay safe my friend. I hope you have no reason to ever regret the decision to stay.

quickcleanlawn
08-31-2008, 08:46 PM
naw man, this thing is small now, nothing compared to Katrina.
Plus we are a good bit inland and on a high ridge, and my home is elevated 10'. no sweat.
dont get me wrong I am no down playing this thing at all, I know I have been through worst with alot less. we will be ok. my only concern are the trees that suround my neighborhood.
the biggest threat is on the west side of the Mississippi, I feel bad for them over there.

Steve
09-01-2008, 12:11 AM
I was just doing some reading and saw some updated news

Hurricane winds could hit Louisiana by sunrise

* Storm surges of 10-14 feet expected
* Gustav's winds 115 mph, a Category 3 storm
* Landfall Monday on northern Gulf Coast
* New Orleans imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew

This this sounds like it is as powerful as Katrina was.

quickcleanlawn
09-01-2008, 03:36 AM
I was just doing some reading and saw some updated news

Hurricane winds could hit Louisiana by sunrise

* Storm surges of 10-14 feet expected
* Gustav's winds 115 mph, a Category 3 storm
* Landfall Monday on northern Gulf Coast
* New Orleans imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew

This this sounds like it is as powerful as Katrina was.

Katrina was a cat 5 just before landfall
with winds of almost 200 mph
and a storm surge of over 30'
this storm is nothing compared to Katrina
plus katrina made landfall about 70 miles east of where this one is making land fall, which is around 50 miles west of where Im from.
this storm started out bad but has now down sized alot and is predicted to downsize even more.
the louisiana coast goes under dusk to daw curfew when they call for a state of emergency becouse of security and looting and such.
believe me guys It had potental to be a bad storm in the begining. if those thing hadent changed. we would have left yesterday.
this storm for my area is only predicted to bring around 60-80 mph winds.
where this storm is predicted to make landfall, is very unpopulated area down in central louisiana near houma, I am located in a town called Metairie
Just west of the cityof new orleans.if yoiu have been watching the news I am located across the street from where red cross and national gaurd are stationed.

Steve
09-01-2008, 11:41 AM
Any new updates?

quickcleanlawn
09-05-2008, 12:27 PM
hey everybody, just got power back last night,made out alright, just a few tree limbs.gotta lot of work to do, so I'll be back tonight, and post some pictures of the storm.

Steve
09-05-2008, 12:49 PM
I am glad everyone is safe! I am looking forwards to your pictures.

Also I saw on the news a lot of people were really in a bad spot when they weren't let back into town. Did you talk to anyone you know down there that got stuck out of town and had a tough time dealing with that?

quickcleanlawn
09-05-2008, 02:07 PM
Well, yeah, when the city is under manditory evacuation, We are put under a curfew, which doesnt allow anyone in that area until it is safe to return.
people thought FEMA was going to eat thier hotel bills, and when they found out they were'nt, they wanted to come home, and where not allowed until the curfew was lifted. I saw Alot of pissed off people that thought the same thing, and say they will never evacuate again. Now Thats a damm shame these people Thought FEMA was going to pay for there vacation.

Steve
09-05-2008, 03:55 PM
What would make them think that? Had FEMA done anything like that in the past?

quickcleanlawn
09-05-2008, 04:44 PM
yeah for Katrina. they reimbursed all of thier expenses, and paid rent for 18 months. some people I know got like $23,000 total in expenses.
Some people dint loose anything and they got all kinds of assistence, I loose every thing and they turn me down, go figure..

quickcleanlawn
09-06-2008, 12:26 PM
here are some more pictures.its weird that the flooding always happens after the huricane.the water started backing out of the catch basins, I guess the pumps had some issues.I think our Parish President spent like 2 mill. on the new flood protection. I'd get a refund if I were him.
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quickcleanlawn
09-06-2008, 12:43 PM
Ha Ha, all you see is my big *** feet.
I guess the camera ran out of space. I have more videos coming soon.

Steve
09-07-2008, 05:35 AM
WOW! I am guessing most of those homes don't have basements? Did you see any power lines down at all?

quickcleanlawn
09-07-2008, 10:30 AM
no basements around here.most of our region is below sea leval so I dont think basements would be a good idea.
thier are still area without power due to down power lines, mostly on our west bank. we had alot of trees fall on the power line around here and we lost power for 4 days or so. but entergy contracted work to several entergy companys including Jersey's entergy company which is who got us back online for Katrina and gustav.
Our winds where substained at 55 mph through the peak of the storm. I saw it snap 100 year old oaks and pines like tooth picks, but couldnt manage to catch it on the camera, but here some video of the wind blowing through the trees in my back yard it broke several large lims and I saw it strip the bark off of a tree a few yards over to le left it is hard to see on camera but i did record it.
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Steve
09-08-2008, 06:06 AM
WOW! Old trees and limbs wouldn't stand a chance with all that wind energy blowing through!

Steve
09-16-2008, 06:39 PM
Did you pick up any tree work at all in the cleanup?

quickcleanlawn
09-17-2008, 10:13 AM
yeah I did, not alot though, I still get a few calls for trees but mostly for fence repairs, and clean ups. the problem around here is that there is so much compitetion.It seems in the past year I have seen more and people starting lawn care businesses. And then you have these people that chase the desasters from all over the country, thats why I stress the point that I am localy owned and that I will be in business rather a storm just hit or not.
I am trying to think of a new slogan that will go along those lines, or maybe a t shirt that has a picture of a thief running off with louisiana money or somthing like that.
any ideas?

Steve
09-17-2008, 11:29 AM
I like that idea.

You could play up that you are locally owned and operated and a neighbor. These are things that can be played up too if you do community projects to build up local awareness of you and your company.