Gustav Aftermath

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Baton Rouge, LA after Gustav hit.

Baton Rouge, LA after Gustav hit. Source: Butterbean Man hide caption

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Yesterday, Hurricane Gustav, which is now being called a "tropical depression," tore through the Gulf Coast. The levees in New Orleans were tested but survived, and residents can't return home until later in the week. Other cities, however, weren't as lucky. Today, we'll talk to a reporter from Baton Rouge, where, so far, the death toll is 2, and there's no electricity. In what many are calling "ground zero" of the storm, Houma, Louisiana, trees block major roads, power lines are down, and I have it on good authority that many reporters from the Houma Daily Courier are living, literally, in the newsroom. And, in Plaquemines Parish, levees overtopped from heavy rains, and flooding threatens homes.

We want to hear from Gulf Coast residents — how did you weather the storm, and what kind of damage was done?

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Over reacting can be as bad as under reacting and to most weather watchers Gustav was not a big storm. Gustav did soak the ground and the area lost a buffer to floods from rain fall.

Josephine is the storm to watch and it is ten days away. I am concerned that by the time it gets here we will be exhausted from relocating citizens and no one will leave.

Josephine is a giant storm that rated tropical depression warnings when it was on the coast of Africa - about three times the size of Gustav at the same point of development.

The preparation to evacuate is good, but we can not shut down the state for a week with each hurricane that develops,, unless we plan on shutting down the state for a month each year.

Sent by Christopher M. Brown | 5:01 PM | 9-2-2008