While everyone is patting themselves on the back for getting people out of New Orleans in fine fashion, and nervously tracking Hurricane Ike, another tragedy unfolds out of public view: Baton Rouge got hammered by Gustav. A week after the storm hit, half the city is still without power.
Baton Rouge provided refuge for New Orleanians fleeing the devastation of Katrina. While the city braced for a new wave of global warming refugees, it wasn’t prepared to get hammered itself.
Have you heard or seen much on the news about the levels of destruction in Baton Rouge?
What if we had a hurricane wipe out a city other than New Orleans, and no one noticed?
How many other places are in rather desperate straits, with no notice from national media? The New York Times appears to have missed the damage, though a reader named Allison tried to tell them in comments to one post at the Lede:
Old American Airlines pal Gil Brassard called to say he’s got a new generator, and can charge his cell phone to call out, but still doesn’t have any other electricity. He complimented Jindal on the job he’s doing. Is the rest of electricity-short Baton Rouge doing as well as Gil? Who knows?
Do you think the McCain campaign’s presence in the early part of the storm distracted FEMA, the president and the governor?
Signs a news story is being missed:
- Allstate’s National Catastrophe Team is finally up an running
- Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal distrusts FEMA’s pledge of help on time
- Even Rod Dreher admits the damage is bad, and aid is slow (in a post oddly titled “Bobby Jindal in command). Dreher points to video of the catastrophe here; Dreher links to Revolution 21’s post
- Opinionated Catholic, otherwise suckered in by conservative drivel, wonders why it’s taking so long for help to arrive, and wonders whether this won’t put a squeeze on oil supplies
- The New York Times catches up with a story on September 8 — notes power has been out in much of Baton Rouge for 7 days