Reader offers tips for preparing for the next hurricane


We still live with the in-laws on Chemin Coteau, after Ida, but the contractor indicates that repairs to our house on Bellaire will probably resume this week. Because our little dog, Cali, is not allowed in our quarters at the shelter, she stays on Bellaire and we drive daily to feed and walk her.

I wish I could let her run free during our visit, but she has a way of annoying the neighbors, so all of her walks are done on a leash. When our Ida and COVID situation finally returns to normal, we plan to travel again, with Cali.

Too vigilant: It is possible to leave the dog in the car for long periods of time, provided the temperatures are not too high and the well-meaning passers-by do not misunderstand and make a fuss. We’ll never subject Cali to dangerously hot weather, but an observer can take the plunge and report dog abuse.

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She enjoys riding and is well behaved and in good company. The problem becomes the boarding. Few hotels allow pets without a substantial fee, and finding other pet boarding locations can be difficult.

Evacuation advice: Responding to a recent column discussion on finding higher ground in the face of a storm, a longtime reader has suggestions for anyone facing a hurricane evacuation:

A photo taken on August 30 during a Coast Guard helicopter flight shows damage near Galliano from Hurricane Ida.

“I was told to put my food in the freezer in garbage bags. If we couldn’t go back in time, then that would be easy to throw away. We did and my son and daughter came two days after the storm and threw stuff out while we were in Texas.

“We brought fish, shrimp and other things with us and put them in my son’s freezer. He didn’t use everything, so we got some back later. Now our freezer is full again. (And he wants to give us game next week. Too much food.)

“I think there must be better building codes like in Florida. I have noticed that newer houses use much thinner lumber and pressed cardboard which is not strong. Most of the old houses here with tin roofs have done well. Our house is old but well built and we have lost a few tiles but no leaks.

“Our carport fell on my car because a small tree in our garden fell on it. We were blessed that he did not stumble upon the house. I was supposed to buy a new car, but I love it now. It was difficult to find new cars for a while. My old car was solid and ran well. I wish I had brought it with us. Insurance would not fix the many scratches. They totaled it.

“My neighbor’s two-door old house was badly damaged and will be demolished. But most of my neighbors just lost their carports and fences, which was amazing considering the force of the wind. And of course, a lot of people needed new roofs. Our tiles were all loose even though they didn’t come off, so we got a new roof.

“It was a small claim, so we got our money quickly. Roofs are still being repaired in our region today. A hip roof is said to be the best type.

To respond? Contact Bill Ellzey at 985 381-6256, at [email protected], [email protected]

Bill Ellzey

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