Water damage.

Longtime NN.C reader and commenter Ashley Morris checks in. He’s been in Prague the last year, but I knew his year abroad was coming to an end, and he had plans to relocate to the American south. So I e-mailed him, because I knew where he was heading. He replied:

I got out of New Orleans on the last AA flight that left the city. I’m now in Prague, wondering if I have a car, as it was parked in the airport garage. We’re all healthy, but who knows what there is back in NOLA. I was supposed to close on a house in New Orleans this week. Don’t know if it exists any more.

Good thoughts for Ashley, please. Last he heard, his new neighborhood was under 1-3 feet of water. Which means…well, let him tell it: I guess I have to go through inspection again.

Yes, I guess you do.

I guess I’d be more concerned if I had a relative “buried” in one of the city’s famous cemeteries. No, I wouldn’t. Dead is dead, but a contract to purchase real estate is a living thing.

And we know floods, after nearly 20 years in the place laughingly called the Summit City. Even in an empty house, they’re no fun.

Courage, Ash. And a quick dry-out.

UPDATE: We are displeased by CNN. For the DetNews.

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9 responses to “Water damage.”

  1. Loulou said on August 30, 2005 at 10:43 am

    I moved from the panhandle of FL in 1998 because I’d been through one too many hurricanes. And one tornado. I thought I was smart, but my eldest son still lives there, so I suffer by proxy. I love New Orleans and feel so sorry for them there. I do hope Ashley’s life gets back to normal, and the house is OK.

  2. cc said on August 30, 2005 at 11:19 am

    So, when they see & find bodies floating in the water in NO, how do they know if they’re “new” dead, or from the cemeteries?

  3. John said on August 30, 2005 at 11:49 am

    They consult the “Handbook For The Recently Deceased”.

  4. mary said on August 30, 2005 at 12:01 pm

    Off topic:

    Just heard on the news that the number of people living below the poverty line here in the US has grown by 1.1 million in the last year. Interestingly, the number has grown every year for the past four years, with 37 million people now living in poverty.

    I also read the other day that gas prices have increased an average around the country of 32 percent. Oil company profits in the past year have increased….wait for it….33 percent.

    It’s funny how things work, isn’t it?

  5. brian stouder said on August 30, 2005 at 2:41 pm

    “It’s funny how things work, isn’t it?”

    Yes! Plus don’t forget – at least here in Indiana, in addtion to a set cents-per-gallon (I think 18 cents) of gasoline, they get 6% sales tax on gasoline purchases.

    So now Indiana (for one state) is rolling in dough!! Thanks to a sales tax that cannot help but fall disproportionately onto the backs of the working poor.

    Will they roll the tax rate back, or rebate it somehow for the poor?

    Are you kidding??!!

  6. ashley said on August 30, 2005 at 8:13 pm

    It’s over. It’s all fucking over. I’m homeless. It’s gone:

    ALL RESIDENTS ON THE EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN THE METRO AREA ARE BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE AS EFFORTS TO SANDBAG THE LEVEE BREAK HAVE ENDED. THE PUMPS IN THAT AREA ARE EXPECTED TO FAIL SOON AND 9 FEET OF WATER IS EXPECTED IN THE ENTIRE EAST BANK. WITHIN THE NEXT 12-15 HOURS

    That’s all folks.

  7. Nance said on August 30, 2005 at 8:55 pm

    I’m afraid so, Ash. You lost your earnest money, but at least you didn’t close and move in first.

    My parents were married in NOLA. We had a great vacation there a few years ago. A black week, it is.

  8. Connie said on August 30, 2005 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t think he’ll lose his earnest money, since sale not closing is not his choice or fault. Of course who knows if you’ll ever find whoever actually has it. Good luck.

  9. harry near indy said on August 31, 2005 at 5:36 am

    note to brian stouder.

    check out doghouseriley.blogspot.com or taking down words — two indiana blogs which slam the current admin and the poppinjay gov.

    but … it’s our fellow hoosiers who elected him.