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Katrina's Aftermath, part 2.

I've been watching some video from Biloxi, Mississippi on one of the local stations, taken from the air. The images are, to say the least, devistating. East Biloxi virtually doesn't exist. Most of the homes there are debris fields now. This is also where that one apartment complex had collapsed, taking about 30 folks with it.

For those who are interested, here's the damage from the casinos there:

Boomtown Casino - ripped away from it's moorings, currently on land.
Palace Casino - partially submerged
Isle of Capri - partially submerged, parking garage collapsed, hotel damaged
Casino Magic - casino barge on land some 250 yards on the other side of US 90
Grand Biloxi - casino barge on land, one half 300+ yards away, another part 200+ yards away. May have impacted against the Tivoli hotel.
Hard Rock Casino - Guitar standing, little else.
Beau Rivage - Still standing, casino intact, flooding to the third floor during the storm. Parking garage suffered some damage.
Treasure Bay - beached alongside US 90.
President - beached across US 90, reportedly on top of a Holiday Inn.
Copa Casino (Gulfport) - casino barge against Grand Gulfport parking garage
Grand Gulfport - casino resting across US 90.

The damage is extensive... and that's just Biloxi. Gulfport is nearly wiped out, and there's smaller communities further westward that they've not heard a thing...

It's the true disaster everyone has feared.

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lance_foxx
Aug. 30th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
That's incredible. I'd like to see some photos as soon as those become available. Hopefully people will see pictures like these and, next time, will remember what a hurricane like this can do. It seems unbelievable, but the images speak volumes.

I still cannot believe the 7 people who refused to leave Grand Isle, La., as Katrina was approaching. They're reportedly messing now. I think it's safe to assume what happened...

I know if I ever had second thoughts about whether to get out of the way of a category 5 hurricane or not, this storm probably destroyed any hesitation I would have had. Now I just wonder how far inland I would have to go before I was safe.
racethecoon
Aug. 30th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
*shivers* I was just in most of these casinos a few weeks ago. :/

Any news on Imperial Palace Casino?
tal_greywolf
Aug. 31st, 2005 10:43 am (UTC)
I haven't seen anything on the news, but I'd think that they suffered pretty severe damage. They're close to Keesler AFB, and Keesler reports extensive damage to their facilities. So it's just a matter of time.
centauress
Aug. 31st, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
Most of these are floating facilities...

...Did none of them have a chance to be moved/station kept prior to the storm?
tal_greywolf
Aug. 31st, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
The problem was this:

The casinos were supposed to be moored and secured in their berths, and those berths were designed to withstand a category 3 hurricane. This was a category 4/5 hurricane on landfall, with an estimated storm surge of 30 feet. To be honest, there is nothing that they could have done to prevent it. If they had the winds, but not the surge, they would have been fine. If they had the surge without the winds, they likely would have suffered some damage. It's the combination of the two (30' surge, 140+mph winds) that broke everything.

Katrina was a once every 35 years kind of storm. The storm that destroyed Galveston was in 1900. The Labor Day storm of 1935 devistated south Florida and the Keys. Camille was in 1969. Katrina is 2005. All of them were intense, vicious storms that destroyed everything in their paths. It happens, and all man can do is get out of the way if you're smart.
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