It's pushing 90' here in Hull along heavy humidity. Just like home!
The folks here went thru this drill during the great floods of 1993.
Which brings us to yet another similarity. That year Corps of
Engineers waited too long to blow the levees down river, allowing much
greater damage than could have been avoided.
Sandbagging is a bit of an art. A team of five is ideal: one shoveler,
two baggers and two to tie the bags. Two shovels full makes for a
perfect bag. Once our pile has hit critical mass, a flock of National
Guardsmen descends to fill up the front loader. Then it's off to the
levee for reinforcing.
The presence of New Orleanians here is quite the spectacle. Most
everyone has recognised us from last night's newscast. The folks here
are delighted - really taken aback - that we've pulled away from our
own issues to come up river and lend a hand during their time of need.