Share memories, stories, or anything else if you have them. I was born 17 years before the storm, so I obviously don't have any memories of it personally. All of my family who lived in southeast Louisiana does remember the storm. Being that it was fifty years ago, I don't have a lot of great accounts. What I have been told by them is that the hurricane was worse than Gustav was in the Baton Rouge area, apparently much worse. Those who were in the area have told me that it still had a well defined eye, since a distinct period of calm conditions was observed during the very early morning hours of the storm's impact. This makes sense because it was a larger, stronger, better organized hurricane than Gustav as it passed through here judging by landfall intensity and winds, either observed or estimated. I'd love to see any old pictures of the storm and its damage other than what's already available on the internet. I have seen a few satellite pictures of it while it was still in the Atlantic, but nothing I can confirm while it was traversing the Gulf. I've seen one radar image of the hurricane shortly after landfall.
I've been thinking about Betsy and how things were sure different back then. For instance, there was no contra flow or call to evacuate the city. Back then there wouldn't have been any way to get all the people out. The best thing to do would be to find 'higher ' ground or go to a well constructed building that had multiple stories.
As a matter of fact, I went to school that morning as usual. During the early afternoon we were told to move our desks towards the center of the room, store all textbooks in the upper shelves, and take all workbooks, notebooks, pens/pencils etc home. I remember that it was raining when my Mom came by to pick me up.
We ended up 'hunkering down' at home even though there was an announcement, right before the power went out, that our neighborhood could flood if the London Avenue canal breached. Thankfully we didn't flood but it was, as they say, a 'dark and scary night'. Lots of strange noises, the whistling wind, every once in a while a BOOM as another huge tree came down. Miraculously every tree that came down fell away from houses (unlike what I saw in Pearl River County MS and Bogalusa with Katrina).
Last Edit: Sept 9, 2015 7:32:11 GMT -6 by gentizzy
This storm happened way before I was born. But remember my parents always talking about it. My mom was living in Thibodaux and rode it out. She said it was the scariest night of her life. Sounded like a train going through the house. They were several weeks without power. I seen the pics of Thibodaux and it looked like a war zone. Way worse than any of the Hurricanes that hit here in my time. My dad lived in Cut Off down the bayou on the way to Grand Isle. Him and my grandparents, and his siblings left to central Louisiana before the storm hit. (This was way before my parents met) both teenagers during Betsy. They were without power, running water, or phone service for weeks. But their home survived the storm when many did not.
Last Edit: Sept 9, 2015 7:46:06 GMT -6 by cajungal
Here's a big difference. Betsy hit on the night of September 9th. We had to go to school on September 9th! There was no state of emergency or hurricane warning day. Of course we didn't make it through the whole day and were dismissed before noon. The biggest difference between Betsy and Katrina is the profiteering by lawyers after Katrina. The people who survived Betsy were survivors. The people who survived Katrina were victims. Two different worlds, largely because of an abundance of lawyers.
Here's a fun fact - the eye of Camille came closer to New Orleans than the eye of Betsy did, but the damage was much less severe. But in Camille, New Orleans was on the western side. In Betsy, it was on the north eastern side - the worst side.
Post by caneobsessor on Sept 9, 2015 22:03:46 GMT -6
I was living in a small 2 bedroom rental in Harahan. My first child was born May 28th and I had an emergency appendectomy 9 weeks later. I was very ill with it and was still recuperating from it when Betsy hit. My father was operating a drainage pump in Happy Jack (Plaquemines Parish) and did not evacuate, though we thought he had. It hit on Thursday night and it was Saturday before we had word that he was okay. One of the worst times of my life! I can only imagine the horror of those who lost loved ones in Katrina and were never able to verify if they survived or not. Many of my family lost a great deal of physical property during Betsy, but no lives were lost. In Harahan we were without power for about a week and were one of the first streets to have power restored. Every other street was being restored. I remember running an extension cord from our house to the backyard neighbors carport for them to run their freezer. Even in that time there were people who took advantage and people who committed desperate acts of violence, fighting over ice, etc.
coffeecups: I'm still lurking at the coming weather!
Apr 17, 2017 16:44:08 GMT -6
coffeecups: WOW! My patio was dry when I got home.
Apr 16, 2017 18:22:16 GMT -6
coffeecups: Came home to Harvey from Slidell. Had a little rain here and there. There was no rain in Slidell when I left at 3:30pm. While in NO EAST, I saw where it looked like it was storming around Covington going towards Slidell. Wet but no rain when I got home
Apr 16, 2017 18:21:07 GMT -6
coffeecups: I will eat some strawberries on my cruise in early May---just a few of course, as long as I stay away from my better half.
Apr 13, 2017 20:39:35 GMT -6
SKYSUMMIT: Yea, had a good bit of strawberries. Did NOT go to the fest though.
Apr 12, 2017 19:48:32 GMT -6
coffeecups: Sky, did you enjoy the strawberries?
Apr 12, 2017 18:43:30 GMT -6
SKYSUMMIT: yea, we're in a quiet lull right now
Apr 10, 2017 21:19:12 GMT -6
coffeecups: At least with the tropical forecast we have more to go on than fantasy.
Apr 9, 2017 18:00:26 GMT -6
coffeecups: Unfortunately for me, strawberries are a widower maker!
Apr 8, 2017 11:46:43 GMT -6
SKYSUMMIT: Man it's gonna be a nice weekend! If you're looking for something to do, head over to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Fest!
Apr 5, 2017 21:35:02 GMT -6
coffeecups: Are you getting like me?
Apr 5, 2017 11:08:26 GMT -6
wsmith0306: Can't believe I've never noticed this before. I must be getting old or blind. or both!
Apr 4, 2017 8:06:37 GMT -6
coffeecups: It felt cool this morning. Very nice weather!!!
Apr 4, 2017 7:13:20 GMT -6
coffeecups: Mary protected me again.
Apr 3, 2017 7:18:35 GMT -6
SKYSUMMIT: LOL wsmith....it's just a little chat box
Apr 1, 2017 8:53:27 GMT -6
wsmith0306: What's this "shoutbox" thing all about? I'm at work, so I'm whispering right now. Hope that's allowed :).
Mar 30, 2017 12:38:44 GMT -6
coffeecups: I'm hoping that I don't see any 'rare' rain events here.
Mar 29, 2017 7:39:51 GMT -6
coffeecups: ps I guess the memory of that snow is probably the only winter that I will get.
Mar 25, 2017 7:16:52 GMT -6
coffeecups: Somewhere around 1956 and 1958 it snowed so much that I thought I was in a blizzard. Of course I was only a child then, but the memory of that has NOT been met or surpassed.
Mar 25, 2017 7:15:41 GMT -6