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Commander: Southeast La. Still in Crisis
AP/Yahoo News ^ | 10-2-05 | By DAN SEWELL

Posted on 10/02/2005 6:30:51 AM PDT by Jackknife

Commander: Southeast La. Still in Crisis

PORT SULPHUR, La. - The commander of the military's hurricane-relief effort saw firsthand Saturday the double punishment dealt by Katrina and then Rita to the land running southeast of New Orleans down the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico.

"To these people, the crisis is still going on," said Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, touring Plaquemines Parish by truck and helicopter. "They haven't gotten to the recovery part yet."

Parish President Benny Rousselle said about 16,000 of 28,000 residents remained displaced. The parish, a major seafood producer and home for oil refineries, took a direct hit Aug. 29 from Katrina, then suffered more flooding a week ago from Rita. About 30 to 40 percent remains flooded.

"This is critical terrain," Honore said. "It's critical to the nation."

Army and Coast Guard helicopters dropped sandbags as large as three tons to patch eight levee breaks in the southern half of the 80-mile-long parish. Honore said another six heavy-lift helicopters were on the way from Texas, after completing Rita-related missions there. Barges and airboats are also being used in the effort. The Corps of Engineers hopes to have the floodwaters out next week.

Col. Duane Gapinski of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said most floodwater had been pumped out before Rita, but now, "We're playing catch-up."

Three residents are confirmed dead, two more deaths have been reported and two have been missing for more than a month, Rousselle said.

Honore slowly shook his head as he saw miles of communities with houses and businesses crumpled or torn from foundations, flipped-over boats, citrus trees ruined by Gulf seawater, and flooded cattle pastures. A Shell Oil pipeline was ruptured by Katrina, adding to the mess.

But resident Dutch Asevedo, 78, said the parish is resilient. The parish rebounded from heavy blows from Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and Camille in 1969.

"We brought it back," he said. "They're going to build back, no problem."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: honore; hurricane; katrina; neworleans

Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore looks over the extensive flood damage by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the town of Empire in Plaquemines Parish, La., as he tours the area, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005. Just over a month after Hurricane Katrina and a week after Rita much of the area remains flooded. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

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Lt. General Honore is the stand-out leader in this Katrina disaster, much like Rudy was after 9-11. I am continually impressed with his character. I wish we had more men in leadership positions like him.

1 posted on 10/02/2005 6:30:52 AM PDT by Jackknife
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To: The Drowning Witch
Gen. Honore ping!

(ovuh)

2 posted on 10/02/2005 6:33:40 AM PDT by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: Jackknife
(Plaquemines Parish map)

I truly admire Honore and Rumsfeld, plain spoken men who never suffer fools and they are surrounded by them.

3 posted on 10/02/2005 6:49:53 AM PDT by yoe
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To: Jackknife

Rudy would not make a good pimple on Honore's rearend.


4 posted on 10/02/2005 6:55:48 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, Over there, we will be there until it is Over there.")
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To: mariabush
Rudy would not make a good pimple on Honore's rearend.

As a leader in the wake of a disaster, Rudy did a great job. Of course, he in not in the same league of Gen. Honore.

5 posted on 10/02/2005 6:58:23 AM PDT by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: yoe
Good map. Thanks.


6 posted on 10/02/2005 7:00:22 AM PDT by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: Jackknife

A welcome contrast to the female governor and bozo mayor. Lt. Gen. Russel Honore can-do written all over him


7 posted on 10/02/2005 7:02:50 AM PDT by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: Jackknife

That parish looks half underwater without any hurricanes.


8 posted on 10/02/2005 7:03:51 AM PDT by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: dennisw

You've got that right, on both of your statements!


9 posted on 10/02/2005 7:06:14 AM PDT by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: Jackknife

Be sure and bring a glass of that beaujolais drinkin' wine - I garontee! ... Justin Wilson

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10 posted on 10/02/2005 7:32:12 AM PDT by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: dennisw

MMMMMMMMMMMMM , mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.............


11 posted on 10/02/2005 7:57:08 AM PDT by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: dennisw
That parish looks half underwater without any hurricanes.

Hell, from the look of things, it probably goes underwater at high tide.

12 posted on 10/02/2005 1:57:15 PM PDT by Prime Choice (E=mc^3. Don't drink and derive.)
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To: Jackknife
Lt. General Honore

I like his style. He was a no nonsense kind of guy. He is doing a good job and should be given recognition for his heroics.
13 posted on 10/02/2005 9:20:42 PM PDT by WasDougsLamb (Just my opinion.Go easy on me........)
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To: Jackknife

We do - we just don't see them. There are many just like General Honore in the military. Unfortunately for our children, the "men" we usually see in public are politicians, actors, athletes, and such. In other words, "popular" figures. The media do not let our children see actual heroic men because of their disdain for the service. They would rather that our children adhere to the hollywood/homosexual gelding images that seem to dominate today. Sad.


14 posted on 10/03/2005 5:49:26 AM PDT by astounded (We don't need no stinkin' rules of engagement...)
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To: dennisw

I think all of that "land" south and east of Venice no longer exists - Katrina's right eyewall went over it at CAT 4 strength.


15 posted on 10/03/2005 7:39:50 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (Speaking several languages is an asset; keeping your mouth shut in one is priceless.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Venice Loisiana... how aptly named.


16 posted on 10/03/2005 9:08:02 AM PDT by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: astounded
There are many just like General Honore in the military.

I realize we have them in the military, it's just a shame that more of them don't turn up in gov't leadership positions.

17 posted on 10/03/2005 4:13:29 PM PDT by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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