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Dallas. They left New Orleans Sunday before the storm and have set up house there until January.
We returned to Picayune on Sunday September 4. Residents who had stayed used their chainsaws to cut a narrow path through the subdivision. We couldn't see our house, so we climbed in and Gene cut a path back to the street. There is alot of wind damage in the town and county. Most of the large pines that date from Camile are down. Because our lot is heavily wooded we have minor structural damage to our home, but alot of yard work. Water came on Sept. 6 and power on September 13; no phone and no interent yet.
1) the bad news is that there were eight feet of water in the library basement; it has now mostly been pumped out, but noxious sludge and destruction are the keynotes there. The Music Library may be gravely harmed, though preservation experts are on hand trying to freeze-dry and save what they can. Microforms and Government Documents are also hard hit, but some storage cases stayed above water and there is hope of preserving some of the microfilm that was doused.
2) better news is that the rest of Howard-Tilton is essentially fine; A/C is running throughout the stacks and the preservation technicians are assessing the danger of mold infestations. It seems likely that all will be well on floors 1-4, including Latin American Library.
3) best news is that, contrary to all expectations, the offsite depository was effectively unscathed; nothing worse than c. 1/4-1/2 inch of clean water inside, and the temperature held circa 75 degrees because the A/C was set so low before the power went out. Apparently nothing will be lost from that facility.
4) My friend toured Hebert Hall with engineering folk and the news sounds quite good. No water got into the building. Seemingly no major roof damage occurred, although some tiles were dislodged. There is one large blown-out window in the staircase, which should be boarded up today; dormer windows on the front side (facing Gibson) also are blown out, which may have caused some damage in Payson Center. Walking the halls revealed no apparent damage to offices or classrooms, and except for the heat and lack of lighting, Hebert evidently looked like people had just left for the weekend. Obviously, we may yet find water damage in individual offices, classrooms, etc., but it sounds like our history department workspace came through quite well.