Monday, 1:30 p.m.
Katrina hammered the Lower 9th Ward and St. Bernard Parish,
with residents telling tales of stranded people being plucked
from their rooftops by passing boaters and flood waters as
high as 12 feet well into Chalmette.
the surging water, which quickly rose as the brunt of Katrina
plowed ashore near eastern St. Bernard Parish.
resident Donald Bordelon told a Times-Picayune reporter via
cell phone that at 8:30 a.m. there was just wind damage the
homes on his block of Schnell Drive. But 40 minutes later,
floodwaters had risen over the stove in his kitchen, as he
scrambled to ready his boat for an evacuation.
Residents reported high water flooding such
institutions as Rocky and Carlo's restaurant at the corner of
St. Bernard Highway and Lloyd's Avenue. Others reported that
homes on Campagna Drive were nearly underwater.
Chalmette High School on Judge Perez Drive, officials had set
up a shelter of last resort late Sunday. By Monday morning,
the first floor of the high school was under water and the
evacuees huddled in rooms on the second floor, reporting that
they could only see rooftops of the surrounding homes.
The St. Bernard Parish government building, also on
Judge Perez Drive, was said to have taken on 8 to 10 feet of
water. The government building is in a stretch of the highway
that comprises one of the parish's main economic centers, with
a huge new Super Wal Mart nearby.