mzsmbs - 8/30/2005 2:48 PM
Bot, you guys OK?
I have been flying obs. flights. refueled at Galiano and talked to an exec who was doing rig counts with his engineer. They said they found 70 of 75 platforms in good shape. Couldn't find 5 rigs, but there was no slick where the rigs were, meaning the shut-off valves were holding even if the rigs were gone.
Port Fourchon is almost undamaged.
PHI, Texas Air, Air Logistics, and other helicopter contractors are in full operation getting workers back to the rigs. Many normally idle helicopters have been contracted by FEMA for emergency relief efforts.
Buris is essentially destroyed.
Venice is underwater (talk about appropriately named). The ratty little trailer villiage is nearly invisible. Major ocean going vessels are beached. I saw a natural gas leak bubbling-up in what used to be the town.
The Rigolettes ramshackle hosues are nearly all gone.
Most lakeside houses in Slidell are severely damaged or destroyed. Many were just plain obliterated.
People in St bernard parish are standing on their roofs and up in trees waving for help.
Bodies (very few and widely dispursed, but stilll) are floating on the inland tide.
For you pilots out there, Galiano has Jet A and AvGas. That's about as close as you can get to the affected area and still get fuel. There is no way to open or close a flightplan in the DeRidder area. No flight following. The 800 number doesn't work. TFR's in GNO and along MS Gulf Coast. Obey them: They talk ugly. I'll be flying obs again tomorrow (rt seat, bright orange Cessna 185 amphib, 500 ft).