Understandably inundated, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is publishing today’s issue electronically, and is maintaining a breaking news page as well. There are a slew of amazing photos in the electronic issue, and some terrifying stories of peoples’ experiences during the onslaught of wind and water, all of which reinforces the reality that Hurricane Katrina literally destroyed an entire band of communities along the shores of the Gulf. (The issue is distributed as a series of PDF files from the page linked above; for ease of use and archiving, I’ve combined them all together into a single 6 Mb download, and put the file up as a torrent.)


It’s just awful. And now even the T-P is having to evacuate.

• Posted by: Josh on Aug 30, 2005, 12:27 PM

why is everyone focusing on new orleans? they need to get to picayune and other surrounding areas that were hit just as hard, and pay more attention to us. Were in just as bad of a situation as new orleans, if not worse. and personally i think that they need to break the levy and let all the idiots that didnt evacuate new orleans to drown and either rebuild or let it be underwater. i mean down here we live at least 20 minutes away from town and when we go to get ice by the time we get home it is melted so basically were screwed because were running out of gas and we are going to be stuck at the house and if fema and redcross and other people dont forget about new orleans and come down here and help us were all just gonna die so i personally think that yall need to get out of new orleans because yall are geting shot at and if yall can come down here and help people without putting your life in danger then its kinda reterded to risk your life to ppl who dont appriecieate the help and who are shooting at yall then to come to picayune, mcniel, poplarville, carrire and other places in mississippi that WOULD appriecieate the help and not try to shoot yall. thats all the things i have to say to yall until yall bring some hep to us.

• Posted by: Paula on Sep 4, 2005, 1:51 AM

Paula, I’m hopeful that you’re getting help soon — from up here in Boston, my only perspective is what I see or read in the news, and it looks like aid is hitting the entire Gulf coast pretty hard. In the mean time, though, it would seem that you should extend the same empathy for the people of New Orleans as you ask us to extend to you, and ask what makes your lack of getting out of harm’s way any different from the people in New Orleans who found themselves in similar circumstances.

I wish, in my heart of hearts, that there was a way that I could get down there and help everyone myself; my heart goes out to each of you, and I can only apologize for our nation that help couldn’t get to you sooner.

• Posted by: Jason on Sep 4, 2005, 3:53 PM

I wonder if anyone can tell me the state of Salem St. in Picayune. I live in Canada and I am looking for my cousin and aunt - Debbie Lawton and Estelle Cornforth who live on this street.

• Posted by: Sharon Caverly on Sep 5, 2005, 3:31 PM

I live in Slidell and do not see anything in print about my own area. I understand the twin spans are damaged and Salmen High school is destroyed as well as Vera’s but since I am without electricity and am staying with my daughter in Garland Texas I would like more information.
Also I am very disappointed in the Media for tryingt to make it into a Race War. We are all in the same boat. We need to pull together and forget what the Media says about race.

• Posted by: on Sep 14, 2005, 10:21 PM

My niece lives at 122 Salem road in Picayune and her house is Ok. But her Garage is destroyed.

• Posted by: carol higgins on Sep 14, 2005, 10:24 PM
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