Hurricane Isaac Photos

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    Aug 30, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    All of the photos below were taken today within 2 miles of my house. Actually, the first photo is my place. I hate to see these giant oaks torn down. All the ones in the photos are at least 100 years old and probably more (except the ones in my courtyard....that's a Japanese Plum.)

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    This is my courtyard. Anybody got a chainsaw? icon_sad.gif

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    Aug 30, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    That's some scary shit, Scruffy! Be careful out there. The 5th picture is just insane. icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidThat's some scary shit, Scruffy! Be careful out there. The 5th picture is just insane. icon_confused.gif



    Thanks. I'm safe. And to think this was only a CAT-1!
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    Amazing and raw, the wrath of nature to move earthen giants like picks in the dirt. icon_surprised.gif
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    I hope your okay. Shit looks like somethin outta a horror movie icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    Worst thing was, the power went out in the middle of the night and had to open all the windows for ventilation. The whole house was howling like a demon. Very scary, but it's either that or sweat to death. Everything in the house is damp. You have to walk very carefully or you'll slip and fall on the floor. Blehhh. icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    Glad you made it okay, Scruffy!
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
    Looks like the scene from an Arkansas twister.
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    Aug 30, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    Glad you're unharmed man!
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    Aug 30, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said All of the photos below were taken today within 2 miles of my house. Actually, the first photo is my place. I hate to see these giant oaks torn down. All the ones in the photos are at least 100 years old and probably more (except the ones in my courtyard....that's a Japanese Plum.)

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    Looks like the same tree to me.
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    Aug 30, 2012 7:03 AM GMT
    I'm surprised those trees didn't survive a Cat 1 after having survived Katrina. Did you have a lot of rain beforehand which might have softened the ground?

    If you want to get the height back relatively quickly, you might consider planting in place of your lost tree a clumping (not running) bamboo (assuming you've a large enough planting area, of course). You could do a runner but it's a pain to contain the rhizome. Clumpers stay fairly self-contained where you plant them such that their footprint grows but it doesn't so much spread far from where you plant it. Just search for one appropriate to your hardiness zone. Then if a storm comes by again it won't matter so much if it knocks over because it won't be a tree falling on your home but just some bamboo. I think it is the perfect tall plant for areas prone to hurricane.
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    Aug 30, 2012 7:17 AM GMT
    what a shame... there are lots of houses already devastated by this storm too. the fact that it's moving so. damn. slowly. must be the problem cause as someone said, it's only a tropical storm now...

    I was in philly during hurricane irene at school... which is in an arboretum for christ sakes... so I remember how scary a storm that can take out huge, ancient trees can be. they are surprisingly fragile. we only had one giant tree fall and it fell directly in the opposite direction of a housing complex thankfully.
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    Aug 30, 2012 7:19 AM GMT
    That looks just like the damage my area had a year of two ago from winds. I have never seen winds cause that much damage before.

    They replaced the trees that went down with ones that have deeper roots. I think that you will find that a lot of it has to do with the type of trees. We found that it was the trees with the shallow roots that went down...even if they were hundreds of years old. The ones with the deep roots tended to have a better chance of survival, with the exception of the young ones with small trunks where the tree just broke off near the base. Our winds were so strong that they knocked down traffic signs that were cemented into the ground. It was crazy. I hope to never see anything like that again.

    The 3rd photo and 5th photo have shallow roots. I can't tell from the photos with the other ones.
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    Aug 30, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    and thats only an extremly small portion, acouple blocks? what about the rest of the coast. geez... doesnt help Isaac is moving only inch by inch
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    Aug 30, 2012 7:58 AM GMT
    The New Orleans area has big beautiful trees. It's a shame to see em to down like that. Good to know you have power though, assuming you uploaded these at home.
  • stevarino7

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    Aug 30, 2012 8:18 AM GMT
    Is the 7th one down by the Rite Aid on Louisiana and St. Charles. Thats my neighborhood. I left to Houston to avoid the storm though, I didn't want to deal with the no power.
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    Wow, Mother Nature can pack quite a wallop!!

    Hope all our NO and LA RJers are doing OK!!
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    Yeah, I was hit by Ike years ago. I lost two ~100yr old oaks. One of them fell on my house. I still have a piece of the tree. I can say, it is a scary experience (yet slightly intriguing). Th Best of luck and stay safe!!!

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    Aug 30, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    Nice photos dude. Good shit. Sorry about the mess though. I happened to be in Florida when Isaac kind of grazed us, but it was more of a rain event than anything else....no widespread damage like I'm seeing in your photos. Glad you're doing OK though.
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
    i haven't had the chance to walk around my neighborhood yet. I was staying with my aunt & uncle in Old Metairie but their power went out two nights ago. Last evening, in a quest for a click lighter to light their BBQ, i ventured back to my apartment in Bucktown only to discover that I never lost power. So i went back, packed them and their dog up and brought them to my place, lol icon_biggrin.gif

    I'll probably wander around a bit today, check things out.

    And I'm looking at these photos of the oaks and I'm wondering if the weeks upon weeks of heavy rainfall we've been having may have softened the soil enough to bring them down. Also, they could've simply been rotting or diseased. That's the amazing thing about Live Oaks: they're very difficult to "kill"
  • dabcrt

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    Aug 30, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    That's just sad Scruffy, but nice to hear that you are ok
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    Thanks for the concern guys but everyone is okay. I haven't heard of any reports of injuries.

    The trees are not mine except for the one in the first photo and it looks like we'll be able to save it. Looks like it just sheared the top half and made it look worse than it is. It will probably grow back stronger than ever. It's the oaks that I hate to see killed, as they take lifetimes to mature.

    75% of the city is without power. My house lost power two nights ago. I'm staying at my business in the French Quarter because it's one of the only areas with electricity. Ah, the benefits of underground power lines!

    I have a large chest freezer at my house that's loaded with dog food and I'm really hoping the power comes back on in time to save it.
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    Aug 30, 2012 3:00 PM GMT

    Glad you are ok...looks like quite a mess on your hands. Are those last two pics downed trees on St. Claude?
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    Aug 30, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    wow, New Orleans seems to always get hit harrrrd with these hurricanes. or maybe I'm just becoming more aware of hurricanes now lol
  • LJay

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    Aug 30, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    Glad to hear you are OK, Scruffy. Hope you will be able to find some dry ice for that freezer!

    We had a big, slow, wet storm come through here a couple of years back that caused incredible havoc. I know the Mississippi needs the rain, but hope it will not be too much, too fast. Good luck with the recovery.