This close up picture shows just
how close campers are to each other! Wow, i bet they can hear each other snore tonight!!
These pictures gives you a some what ideal of how close we are packed into the camper ground and trying to escape the storm.
This is a rather big campground and normally you are only allowed to park on the concrete slabs, but this is not the case for us refuge's. Thank goodness we are all just thankful to have a safe place to park and escape the storm heading our way.
This is the new road that is for the new area that their making into a campground. They have even opened up this area for campers even though they were not ready. The power company showed up today and helped get power to them. Wow, wasn't that so nice of the power company? Thanks power company!!
No one is allowed to use more then one air conditioner, we are all limited to a 20 amp's service. If our breaker blows outside we have to have the office turn it back on as they have them locked so we can't turn them on. Anyone with satellite is asked to use them instead of the cable.
This little camper and bus is dry camping and allowed to run their generator. Usually generator's are not allowed, but for now they are if you do not have shore power or if we lose our power from the stores.
I visited with this family and they are so amazing. They are proud survivors of 6 hurricanes!! This is their first hurricane they have evacuated on and left all their belongings & homes behind. They said after riding Katrina out and surviving never again will they do that again. From now on they will pack up and head out.
Camille in Aug 17th, 1969....The most significant storm for Mississippi and Louisiana during the 20th century was Hurricane Camille, which struck the Mississippi coast on August 17th, 1969 with a small diameter and a forward speed of 14 mph (Yamazaki, 2002). Camille was one of only three storms to hit the U.S. mainland as a Category 5 during the 20th century, rivaled by Florida’s 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and Andrew in 1992.
George in Sept 28th, 1998..... Georges inflicted extensive damage on numerous Caribbean islands before making landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi on September 28, 1998 with a maximum sustained surface wind of 104 mph and a central pressure of 964 mb.
Ivan in Sept 14th, 2004 ..... Hurricane Ivan exposed major evacuation issues as more than a million people tried to leave the greater New Orleans area on Tuesday September 14, 2004, creating a traffic jam worse than the traffic when people evacuated for Georges. The state police enacted contraflow traffic patterns in the afternoon, but the 60 miles between New Orleans and Baton Rouge was a seven hour ordeal (New Orleans Hurricane Risk).
Katrina in Aug 29, 2005 .... Hurricane Katrina may be the most memorable storm in New Orleans history, but its trajectory across the Pelican State was far from unique damaging and costly hurricanes in the history of the United States. One of the most disappointing issues of the catastrophe is that the devastation was due in part to human engineering failures
And now Gustav! Wow, they have some stories to tell and it's amazing how they take it all in stride. Have you noticed that these dates are all within a month?
See all types of campers are pulling in. On my walk this popup was waiting to be directed to a spot.
At 6 pm this is the long line of campers that were still looking to find a safe spot to park.
Here is the view out the left window. Unlike most campers, I have at least one side that someone isn't parked on top of me. Actually other then directly behind, I don't have any campers on either side.
This ditch is on the left side too, but I'm up on a hill compared to most campers and i don't think if we get lots of rain I will have to worry about being flooded as I did at the last campground ... all is good inside Ms. Southwind so far.