Archive for the 'Cleanup' Category

Signs of Life on Hwy 11

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Our trusty seafaring correspondent Bianca Brooks sent us this update some time ago, about signs of life in the Hwy 11 area.

We saw last night that the Winn Dixie on Hwy 11 is reopening for business today!

Vera’s has a sign up near the Hwy 11 Bridge that they’re planning to reopen in the spring.

Construction on Southside Cafe is progressing rapidly after their devastating fire right before they tried to open in early November.

Jack’s has put a trailer in front of their Hwy 11 location and is open for business.

Eden Isles Hardware has had a propane tank delivered, they’re waiting on electrical hookups to start selling.

 

Slidell Stories for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Help us tell your stories.  We got an email from a producer at Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition looking for inspiring stories of need/heroism/etc.  here in town.  Post your stories in the comments, use the self-posting feature listed in the right sidebar, or (as an option of last resort) email me.

Hey Brian - been looking at your blog, and my name is Vinny Rutherford & I’m
a producer on the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC. We’re
currently researching stories regarding the victims of this past hurricane
season and the rebuilding efforts in Texas, Mississippi, New Orleans &
Florida. We’re going to be shooting these 1 hour episodes in Feb., and I’m
part of the team assigned to the New Orleans area.

Our execs feel strongly about using our shows popularity by doing some
projects that will have an impact on the community as a whole like
rebuilding playgrounds, get supplies to schools, rebuilding food ministries,
etc.

In addition to that we’re also looking for personal stories and how maybe we
can help individual families in some way. From throwing a wedding that got
cancelled to helping a displaced family who has a member that needs a bone
marrow transplant, right now the range is that wide. By doing all of this
it’s our hope that what is happening down here gets back into the national
news cycle in a positive light and ultimately, get more help from the rest
of the country.

I recently had a meeting at Mt.Olive AME Food Ministry with the Mayor,
Police Chief and other town officials of Slidell. We’re currently
considering doing a project or projects in Slidell and are wondering what
needs the community has and I’d like to hear it from the people themselves
as well.

If you could ask your readers, what they’d like us to do (aside from
building them a house, we’re not doing that on the specials)- do you need
anything that the storm destroyed, etc…are there any personal stories of
heroism, or going above and beyond the call of duty - things of this nature.
Write or give me a call at my New Orleans cell. The more stories I have in
Slidell the better the chance they’ll choose this town to shoot in.

 

Whoa. Check with FEMA Before Making Repairs

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Check this story on WWL tonight:  residents of Slidell are being warned to check with FEMA before making repairs.  The extent to which your home was damaged could mean that you have to raise it up or face a serious hike in flood insurance premiums.

 Read the whole thing.

‘The Dock’ Open For Business

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Bianca Brooks writes in:

Brian,

Haven’t seen anything on your weblog about the fact that "The Dock" off Rats Nest road is open for business.   They opened the bar last Friday and will be serving food by the end of this week.  It sure was a pleasure to see their lights come on from Oak Harbor Marina.  

Take care,

Bianca
 

Twin Span Opening?

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Jeepers, check it.  Here is says that one of the twin spans will open today.  Good news.

Slidell Habitat House Featured on Today Show

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

The Today Show was in Slidell, ahem, today.  Here is a link to one of the stories. Judy Farrow had told me about this yesterday, and I had some really good info & I should have alerted you all.  But, sorry, I slacked.  So busy since we got home.  Anyway, enjoy a bit of good news. 

Pearlington Needs Your Help, too

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Clayton is, I spose, from Pearlington, but he’s been in Slidell quite a bit.  Takes really amazing photos.  Check this blog.  Update:  the more I read, the more I see that we need to take action over there as well.  Clayton posted a list of specific needs yesterday.  Basic things — all the staples — and bigger things as well.  If you’ve got your basic stuff handled here in town, consider running over to Pearlington to see what you can do there.  [via John Wagner]

The New Normal

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

This blog is a running account of what it’s like in Slidell post-Katrina.  I really identify with her POV.  Even if you were lucky and your house isn’t zapped, our town is zapped.  1/2 of it really wiped out.  Our friends, families, businesses.  Fuses & tempers short.  Frustration.  Traffic.  Hassles.  Too little insurance payout.  Moving & relocation.  Shortages.  It’s going to take all of us pulling together.  We’re all in it together.

Here’s a snippet from this blog:  

Four Weeks after Katrina

It is hard to believe so much time has passed. For most people, every day is the same. It is another day past Katrina. It is hard to remember the day of the week or the date. It does not mean the same thing here.

Today has been a good day for me. Two wonderful things have happened. All of my trash has been picked up. It was piled high at the street - next to all the tree debris. Finally, four weeks of garbage, spoiled food and other refuse finally gone. One less reminder of a city struck down. I am lucky. Many people have not yet had trash service. As I move my cans back, I check my mail box. I have mail! I cannot believe it. It is the first time that I have received my bills at my house. The post office in town flooded and all the mail trucks. We have had to stand in long lines at the post office – waiting in turn to show an ID in order to get mail. The traffic to the smaller operational post office on the west side of town backs up, creating road jams.

Traffic here continues to be a large problem. A twenty-minute drive on the interstate to the town to the west takes 1-½ hours. Going to the town twenty minutes to the east in practically unthinkable. There is little left. No one knows why traffic is so bad, there is no local news coverage on the television (for those who have TV services) and I have yet see a print copy of the local paper.

I listened to a woman today, speaking through tears , about the south side of Slidell. It has been completely destroyed. Half my town – gone. So many people are homeless – so many are frustrated with insurance problems and the enormous task of meeting their family’s basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. Security is a big issue. The future is a scary question. It is ground zero – and we are not alone. St. Bernard is gone, New Orleans is hurt bad, and the Mississippi coast, still almost imcomprehnsible for me to grasp that an entire coastline is gone.

SOS: Save Our Small Businesses

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Here’s a piece in the News-Banner about the obstacles facing Slidell small businesses.  According to the article, the Chamber has heard from only 200 of the more than 700 small businesses in town.  They quote the owner of Dunaway’s at length in the piece.  He wants everyone to know that he’s open for business.  Earlier, I circulated an email from Doug Reker which listed places he knew were open on East Gause.  Let’s create a running list.  Send me what you know about our local businesses.  Who’s open?  Who needs help?  If you have a choice about where you’re going to spend your money tonight, spend with a local small business.  They need our help and support.  & will for some time.  More from the article:

The temporary shortage of power was just one more blow dealt weeks after Hurricane Katrina battered Slidell, leaving two to eight or more feet of water in some businesses and leaving others in a heap of splinters and concrete slabs.

"Honestly, it (Katrina) is going to take its toll on a lot of small businesses," said Brenda Reine, executive director of the St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation. "But the same thing happened after Camille. Then there was a boom (of development)."

Reine said citizens looking in from the outside world would be surprised how business owners are taking matters into their own hands, scrubbing floors, blue tarping roofs and searching for office space.

Her office is "inundated" with calls from several business owners some simply wanting a place to hook up a computer and others searching for a 40,000 to 50,000-square-foot facility to house employees, computers and equipment.

"Our main goal is to get citizens back to work," she said.

To date, the Greater Slidell Area Chamber of Commerce has heard from 283 of the 700 plus businesses in Slidell. Twenty of them will close, and three don’t plan to reopen, said Jamene Dahmer, the chamber’s director.

"The overall feeling (from store owners) is an absolute business of rebuilding," said Dahmer. "But the lack of communication is our biggest concern. It’s the information age, and businesses are used to being able to communicate."

Ask A Mold Specialist

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

My friend Lance Puig is a real estate investor and specialist in mold remediation.  We’re going to have a huge mold problem in Slidell with all the floodwaters.  What would you like me to ask him?  I’m planning to post up an interview with all his answers to your questions.  So, ask away in the comments. 

Trash Hauling Costs: $100 Million

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Just in case you wondered how much it’s going to cost to haul off all the mess in town, nola.com comes through with the answer.  At least the operation is being run by a hometown boy, Brian Reine.  Hey Brian, I’m not positive, but I’m thinking the SBBA fields are in sore need of some love. 

Oak Harbor Holdup?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Two reports on this issue this morning — another phone call just now from a boat owner whose efforts to raise her boat are being blocked.  Can someone elaborate?  Paul Bartels, what’s the deal?  

Bianca writes in:

Oak Harbor is being held Hostage!!!

I am LIVID!!   Oak Harbor, our beautiful home which has been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina is being ravaged again by unscrupulous marine salvors.    Aqua Terra/Big Tuna has come into the marina and had decided that they own the world.

I don’t give a rats behind about contracts made by the marina to clean up the marina, but I do give a rats behind when slimey worms like Aqua Terra decide to block the harbor entrance and hold all of us boat owners as hostages to their greed.

Basically it boils down to the fact that Aqua Terra claims exclusive salvage rights….. wait a minute!!!!   I didn’t give them exclusive salvage rights to my boat.   I have my insurance with a reputable company who knows what they’re doing.   They won’t buy into the blackmail terms that Aqua Terra is demanding and are ready and standing by to tow my boat out of the marina, do my damage assessment and pay me based on the terms of my insurance policy.    In the mean time, I’m homeless waiting for the insurance check because FEMA won’t do a thing for us until our insurance claim is settled.

So we sit and wait, sit and wait….. well you know what?    I’m sick and tired of waiting.   There are people trapped in the marina.   They desparately want to get out.   Their boats are seaworthy and they want to leave, but because the Aqua Terra worms are blocking the harbor, preventing our insurance companies salvage crews entry,  no boats are moving from the pile or out of the marina….. in the mean time those folks sit and wait, sit and wait, sweltering in the heat with no electricity, no water, no sewerage (sorry porta potties don’t count in my book)

A friend called me tonight.  She was standing on 9 dock watching a boat at the end of 8 dock sink.   That boat was put there on Sunday by Riverview (who was under contract to tow her out of the marina so she could be hauled out and repaired)…. but Riverview couldn’t get her out because Aqua Terra blocked the entrance to the marina.  Now she’s surely totaled and I firmly believe that Aqua Terra is responsible.   If I were her owners I would definately hold them responsible.

My blood pressure is up and that’s not a good thing, so I’m going to do something about this.    I’m calling the coast guard, wildlife & fisheries, the sheriff’s department, the parish president, the mayor, the govenor and every newspaper, television and radio station that I can get my hands on…..     please, help me spread the word- file a complaint- we’re talking about people who have already been raped by a killer storm, must we now be raped by a salvage company’s greed?

Bianca Brooks
s/v Jojamela
Oak Harbor Marina, Slidell, LA
http://jojamela.us

 

 

MSNBC Story: Flood or Wind?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

This story at MSNBC tells an all-too-familiar tale about insurance companies parsing just what did your house in — floodwaters or wind/rain damage.  As you all know, it makes a huge difference. 

SLIDELL, La. - On Moonraker Drive in devastated Slidell, homeowners lives are at the curb and their tempers are short as insurance adjusters classify the vast majority of losses as flood damage — not hurricane or wind damage.

“Got 145-mile per hour winds pushing water off the lake knocking all those camps down into my house,” says Slidell resident Steve Scholl, “and you are gonna call that flood? What came first, the chicken or the egg?”

Generally, flood damage is not covered by homeowners’ policies. Instead, you must have flood insurance — a federal program that covers only up to $250,000 in damage, no matter how extensive the destruction.

The storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain, whipped up by Katrina, put a neighbor’s hot tub and boat in Warren Willoz’s back yard. He hopes his $150,000 flood policy covers the damage done to his $275,000 house. But already there are issues.

“They said they’ll only cover the bottom cabinets but not the top,” says Willoz, “because the water didn’t get up high enough to damage the top.”

Clean Up Report

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Howard Baulch went to Slidell to help with the clean up, and has posted an extensive write up here

Krewe of the Zombie Princess Report Back

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

The pilot of the Zombie Princess writes about what it’s like in Slidell today:


Only now that the residents and business people of Slidell are returning is the devastation wrought by Katrina really coming clear. Every street – and I do mean *every* street – in town is lined with heaps of soaked, mildewed furniture and belongings; piles of ruined siding, drywall, and insulation; and the occasional boat or car. For every business that has reopened, there are two dozen that may never open again. And on the principal roadways, relief stations and donation drops do a booming business, with people of all income levels lined up for blocks for free meals, water, and clothing.

We drove out Highway 11 toward Lake Pontchartrain and toured the part of town that was hardest hit. The storm surge exceeded 10 feet there, so just about every building is trashed We saw fishing camps (inexpensive frame houses on stilts) that were lifted off their foundations and deposited on the other side of the highway. Boats rest in trees. Cars lie crossways on roadways and in ditches. A U-Haul truck perches on a levy. And million dollar homes are gutted, their insurance claim numbers marked in bright spray-painted on their facades in bright colors. Some areas, including the Oak Harbor marina where some of Frank’s Internet sailing buddies are (were) moored, have police barricades or guards posted to keep looters and tourists like us away. (There are a lot of people here with cameras and curiosity.)

No Joy in Mudville

Friday, September 16th, 2005

This Knight-Ridder piece brings home just how nasty the whole mud situation is:

 SLIDELL, La. - Henrietta Vinas Guste is one of the foot soldiers in this town’s slow march to recovery. Her battle, and this town’s, is against the mud. And with showers forecast overnight Friday and into Saturday, Hurricane Katrina victims are again looking toward the ominous sky.

"If it were just the wind damage, it would be OK," Guste said, taking a break from picking through the mud Friday to salvage what she could from her home. All around her, neighbors were doing the same.

"Everything is covered with this nasty, muddy, stinky sludge," she said.

There’s wind damage here, too. And piles and piles of debris, everything from fallen trees to refrigerators. But as residents begin to return to outlying suburbs around New Orleans, many are finding the water damage and mud the hardest to deal with.

Hurricane Katrina pounded the New Orleans area with more than 11 { inches of rain Aug. 29-30, according to the National Weather Service. Since then, the area has benefited from a dry spell, getting less than an inch of rain.

"I know that’s helped them a lot," said Jim Vasilj, a National Weather Service meteorologist who’s been sleeping in a trailer in Slidell since the storm shut down his New Orleans neighborhood.

The lack of rain has helped New Orleans dry out faster, said Daniel Hitchings, director of the Mississippi Valley division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Most flooded parts of the city and nearby St. Bernard Parish should be pumped out by Sept. 30, he said, but significant rainfall could set back the effort.

"The level of protection in many areas is just like there wasn’t a levee there," he said. "Any storm surge … would come right through."

Residents are depending on the sun to dry out the keepsakes that are spread out on front yards. Guste and her husband have been able to salvage a few things, the childhood scrapbooks, some artwork. But so much was lost.

"I just dug out of my bedroom pictures of my children on Santa’s lap," she said, choking back tears. "Things like that really get you."

If it weren’t for the mud, Guste, originally from Miami, would be able to live in her canal-front house in this town, northeast of New Orleans off Lake Pontchartrain. As it is, she’s staying with friends in Mandeville, La., and looking for a temporary home for a year so she can return to teaching when the schools open in a couple of weeks.

Residents have been trickling back to town all week but started coming en masse on Thursday - contractors, cleaners, whoever wanted to come in and get the mud shoveled up.

Between 35,000 and 40,000 people lived in areas of St. Tammany Parish that were flooded, according to Slidell City Councilman Ray Canada.

"Those people, for all practical purposes, are homeless," he said. "Some of them are sleeping in their cars, if their cars weren’t flooded, or in their homes in the mud. It’s not healthy."

He worried that the mud might be toxic and said the city is urging all residents who are cleaning up to wear gloves and face masks.

"It’s like we’re in a war zone," Guste said, wearing rubber gloves, wading boots and a long black apron. "The Black Hawks are circling above. The Red Cross comes by with their sirens. The police drive by with big guns poking out of their windows. …

"It’s really strange to have somebody come by and ask if I need something to eat, and for me to say, `Yes, I’m hungry. Yes, I’m thirsty,’" she said, mud streaking her face. "And it’s all because of this mud."

Small signs have sprouted in the medians offering everything from tree-limb removal to biohazardous materials cleanup. Traffic is jamming intersections. Blue tarps are spreading over damaged roofs. But Guste and others say roof repairs are the least of their problems.

The Red Cross and church groups have set up supply stations to give out food, water and clothes to Slidell residents. A line to sign up for food stamps snakes through the city auditorium, full of people who’ve never been on public assistance and don’t know how it works.

"I can’t believe I’m doing this," said Joyce Beckett, holding her baby boy, Jeffrey, in her arms. "But we’ve lost everything we had, and my husband’s work is a mess, too. We want to stay here, but we need help. I guess everyone does."

Guste also plans to stay in the area, despite the spray-painted message on her garage door. "Dirt cheap. Fixer upper. Waterfront," it reads.

"That was a joke my children put up, but we’re not leaving," she said.

She expects to spend at least a year cleaning her home - it will have to be gutted, she said. Like many, she looks for inspiration in such items as the statues of the Virgin Mary throughout town or the portrait of the Immaculate Conception that her father painted, which survived the storm.

"Everything else is covered in mud, and she’s clean and beautiful," she said.

It’s Hard to Remember What Our Lives Were Like

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Poignant account of someone else dealing with the daily struggle of cleaning up and getting on with it.  Two nations, she says.  One that is turning attention back to football & Fridays.  And ours — the entire Gulf Coast trying to figure out what to do next.  I don’t know about you, but the rush of ‘we’re alive’ has turned to deep anxiety about how it will all shake out.  Seems to be hitting many of us at the same time. 

Again With the ‘War Zone’

Friday, September 16th, 2005

The Shreveport paper offers a lump-in-throat account of conditions today in Slidell.  Bits:

SLIDELL — "It looks like a war zone," John Stroud says while looking at the devastation surrounding his sister’s home, trees snapped midway, boats tossed up on the roadway that runs in front of his house and a coating of dried mud everywhere.

Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge, high winds and a suspected tornado tore through the Bayou Liberty Road area on the outskirts of the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Houses that do not have trees smashed through their roofs are the exception.

"I lost my house and everything in it," said Capt. Rod West of the Slidell Police Department. "Not one shingle is missing from the roof but the walls are gone. Then the water came in. I had 9 feet of water and half the marsh in my house."

West’s home — or what’s left of it — fronts Bayou Bonfouca, which joins Bayou Liberty and empties into the lake about two miles away across a freshwater marsh.

Along Jefferson Avenue, reduced to a one-lane road by all the downed trees, residents had to dig themselves out through a jungle of tree limbs and power lines. Several said they couldn’t wait for some agency to help them. All of the attention paid to other areas — New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi — has forced people outlying areas to rely largely on themselves and each other, rather than the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other government agencies.

Video: CNN On Mayor’s Frustration with Slow Relief Efforts

Friday, September 16th, 2005

This CNN clip is a chilling video for many reasons.  One, it showcases how difficult it still is for those on the ground in Slidell trying to get help.  1/2 of town is without a home.  The mayor is spitting mad about what he says are broken promises from FEMA.  He is our bulldog advocate right now.  Keep him up to date on what the needs are, so he can drive help to the right places.

 Secondly, as they tour town, you can see just how godawful it all looks.  I’ve been there twice, but this made it all hurt much worse.

Another Clean up Account

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

See this blog for another clean up account.   Some photos as well.

“It’s not a happy place. Things are far from normal in the damaged areas. Unless you bring your own support system, including your own clean water, your own food and your own place to stay, you are a drain on the resources that are already there. Unless you’re there as a member of Red Cross or an organized relief group, you will not help the situation. Unless you have a magic wand that will put together all of the destroyed homes, then you’re just in the way, someone else who needs to be cared for. I can’t say this strongly enough - if you really want to help the affected areas, you need to be prepared to live in mud, debris and basic sanitation. Join the Red Cross or a group that has the infrastructure to support your presence. If you know a home or business owner who specifically wants your help, then go and help. If you don’t meet the above criteria, I strongly recommend staying away." 

Frontline Report of Cleanup

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Another eye witness account of a cleanup effort in Slidell, this one from John Stocks.

Adam’s [John’s brother] house is ready for bleaching and final drying. We removed all the carpet, the first four feet of sheetrock, the vanities, the doors and door frames, the cabinets, the furniture, essentially gutting the whole house.

Still no electricity. The generator which was purchased with relief funds has been a godsend. We have been able to run power tools, fans and the dehumidifier. Thanks to my brother in laws in Green Bay who loaned me their trailer and rented the drying equipment.

Today we spray a mix of bleach and water to further combat mold, mildew and bacterial growths.

Quick action in removing the carpet and subsequently the guts of the house has averted any signs of mold or mildew.

The neighbors who just returned this week are not so fortunate. Mold has taken hold in many homes.

Refugee Blogger Returns Home

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Laurel, who I think lives around Breckenridge [update:  Meadow Lake], has returned home and is blogging about what it’s like for her.  Great descriptions of how the neighborhoods are, what your priorities have to be when you get back home, etc.  She kept a great blog as she was on the run from the storm.  Now she’s giving us a first hand account of what’s it like to go back.  We all have a lot of work ahead of us.

 

0910 Message from Ben Morris

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Mayor Ben Morris published a message to Slidell yesterday:


Hurricane Katrina Update 9-10-05

To the Citizens of Slidell,

The Weather Service reports that Slidell had sustained winds of 176 mph and gusts of 190+ mph during Hurricane Katrina.  In addition, Slidell was hit by a 23’-26’ storm surge that devastated much of the city.  This has been very difficult for everyone, but I want to report that we are making great progress thanks to the many city workers, police officers and firefighters, citizens and volunteers who have worked so hard over these last two weeks.  Here is the latest:
 
Our water service is now operational and the drinking water in the City of Slidell is safe to drink and cook with.  You do not need to boil your water first.
 
Our sewer system is also operational.
 
Telephone service is back up and running; however, Charter Communications has still not recovered.
 
Clean up is still in progress, thanks to our city work crews and the efforts of over 400 United Stated Marines from around the country.
 
Security remains tight throughout the City of Slidell.  Curfew is still in affect from 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. and is being strictly enforced.  The Slidell Police Department is receiving assistance from police officers from across the nation, as well as the Louisiana National Guard and the Alabama National Guard.
 
Cleco continues to do a tremendous job.  There are working lights now on major thoroughfares throughout the city and in some subdivisions.  Considering the catastrophic damage to the system, it is absolutely amazing that we have come as far as we have.
 
Northshore High School is now designated as a Red Cross Shelter.  It is fully staffed and operational.
 
All of the city government buildings were severely damaged from Katrina.  Because of the required repairs on these facilities, your city government will continue to serve you from trailers located in the large parking lot just north of Heritage Park.
 
We have queried our 325 city workers and police officers and have determined that almost half of our employees have had catastrophic damage to their homes and are basically homeless.  These same employees continue to work hard every day to help restore the City of Slidell.  I am so proud of their efforts.
 
We are fairly confident that there were no storm-related deaths or serious injuries in the City of Slidell.  Between 300 and 400 people were rescued by boat during the storm by the Slidell Police Department, city workers, and volunteers.  Those rescued were brought to shelters around the city.  Those people who still remain in shelters are now in the Red Cross shelter at Northshore High School.
 
Feeding locations are open throughout the city including First Baptist Church on Pontchartrain Drive, Harvest Church in the John Jay Shopping Center, Grace Memorial Church on Pearl Street, and the vacant lot next to Starbuck’s on Front Street.  FEMA is handing out ice, water and MREs at the old Wal-Mart on Gause Blvd & I-10.
 
The West Slidell Post Office is open.  They are also handling mail from the very-damaged Olde Towne location.  The Post Office will begin limited mail delivery today.  If delivery is not yet possible in your neighborhood, you may pick up your mail from the West Slidell Post Office.  In addition, Social Security checks can be picked up at the West Slidell Post Office.
 
St. Tammany Parish schools have a target date of October 3 to reopen schools.  Please continue to check their website www.stpsb.org for daily updates.
 
Many stores have reopened including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sam’s and some grocery stores.  Restaurants are also beginning to reopen.
 
Banks have reopened, including Hibernia, Whitney, Parish and CPB.
 
There have been many cities and communities from across the United States that are offering and providing assistance to our rehabilitation efforts.  There are too many to list here, but I will properly thank each and every one in time.
 
Thank you to the citizens of Slidell for your assistance and patience as we all continue to strive to regain the quality of life that we had in this community prior to the arrival of Katrina.
 
Thank you and stay safe,
Mayor Ben Morris

Sentry/News Banner: Slidell Cleanup Moving Forward

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

The Sentry & News Banner teamed up for a small issue yesterday.  Here is one of the stories:  Slidell Cleanup Effort Is Moving Forward. 

What to do with all this mess?

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

Angela writes in with a good question:

I live on Southern Star in Eden Isles. We are overwhelmed at the amount of damage to our home and belongings.  We have the added mess of mass debris from the back of our home to the canal. What we really need is information on who we can contact for help in the cleanup effort. Our whole street has major debris in our backyards put their by the storm.  Are we responsible for cleaning it up or will someone else be doing that?  People really need guidance on how to do this cleanup.  Any information we can get will be greatly appreciated.