After the storm

Does anyone know how the Galliano, La. area is making out after the storm?

No electricity, and the cell phone tower is out, because of no power. Several people that live in the area said some wind damage, but nothing major.<br>There are several boats going to Fourchon. They’ll be there tomorrow…I’m curious about my truck in fourchon.

I heard BHP is already operating out of Fourchon. BP is hoping to be up by Sunday. ECO crew change will be Sunday at the earliest, but that may be optimistic. I saw some pictures of portable buildings (offices & housing) that were totally obliterated. I heard Fourchon had 10 feet of water.

Just outside the Hole in the Wall, and Harbor Police is still making announcements that the Harbor is CLOSED, and they are still conducting side scan sonar surveys.<br><br>Vessels that are inside the port, and alongside, are being allowed to make crew change, but no vessels will be allowed to get underway until the channel is “cleared”.<br><br>Still no power up the bayou, and things are still in cell phone mode for those that had #'s from off the bayou / Carriers other than AT&T/Cingular.<br><br>More as it makes itself apparent…

My truck WAS parked at C-Port 3 next to the 7200 drydock… I don’t think it made it by reading the article…<br><br><h1 class="art_head]At Port Fourchon, ‘This is what we do’</h1>

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PORT FOURCHON – Despite 125-mph winds and a 6-foot storm surge
caused by Hurricane Gustav, Port Fourchon’s oilfield operations escaped
serious damage and could be operational as early as today, port
officials said.


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	&lt;div class="cl_right" style="padding-bottom: 1em;]A power pole crosses La. 3090 at Port Fouchon Tuesday.&lt;/div&gt;




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Business officials began performing damage assessments Tuesday with
sights on resuming work using generator power in the next few days,
Port Fourchon Police Chief Jon Callais said. He added power may be out
for a week and a half, but the port does have clean drinking water.Port
Fourchon has ties to billions of dollars worth of oil and natural gas,
through the offshore ports it help service and the Louisiana Offshore
Oil Port it hosts.A direct hit from Gustav could have caused a
significant work stoppage resulting in billions of dollars in economic
losses, officials said, pointing to a report released in April on the
economic impact a three-week stoppage at Port Fourchon would cause.That catastrophic scenario did not occur, however.“We’re
good compared to what was predicted,” said Dave Breaux, Port Fourchon’s
director of operations. “We fared pretty well. Before the end of the
week, our tenants should be operating.”While economic losses
attributed to Gustav are currently unknown until damage assessments on
Port Fourchon and offshore oil rigs are completed, officials said
today’s drop in oil prices is a positive sign.“Normally, when
you have major damage to an oilfield patch, oil prices rise,” Callais
said. “Maybe the damage was not as high as we thought it would be.”Across
the port’s three main streets, the storm left toppled telephone poles,
crushed trailers and standing water in some places, but spared the
port’s docks, cranes and warehouses.<p style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);]<strong>Throughout the port, dozens of vehicles sat idly in parking lots with leaves and other debris inside them.</strong>Many offshore workers were unable to move their cars prior to the storm, Harbor police officer C. J. Cheramie said.Rising
water also likely caused damage to equipment, food and hardware stores
located in trailers, Callais said. The storm’s surge rose to 6 feet on
the port’s northern end, officials deducted from marks from debris.“The
water came in quickly and rushed through,” Callais said, referring to
eyewitness accounts from barge workers. “It forced structures to
weaken. At that point, it caused buildings to weaken.”In
addition to water damage, rows of trailers on Belle Pass Marina were
mangled by the wind. Wind gauges on lift boats measured the storm’s
winds at 125 mph, before they stopped working.Breaux said the
damage could have been more severe, if not for two things: the storm
weakening hours before landfall and for additional marsh and sand
placed in places where flooding is traditionally bad.“The
original habitat here, that’s the habitat needed to sustain existence
here,” Breaux said. “As we lose marshes, we have to replace them.”Cleanup
crews and Entergy workers are expected to continue to clear the port’s
three streets of downed telephone poles and tree branches Wednesday.
Some roads were not passable due to power poles down.“Once we
found the road was not as debris littered as it normally is, that made
the job a lot easier,” Callais said, noting getting through the marsh,
poles and trees obstructing the road is the toughest part about
returning to Fourchon.Currently, business owners and damage
assessment personnel are the only people allowed into Port Fourchon.
Officials said camp owners would be allowed back as soon as area roads
are secure. He expressed confidence that could happen before the end of
the week.“This isn’t our first rodeo,” Callais said. “We’ve been through Andrew, Katrina and now Gustav. This is what we do.”

Oh it wasn’t bad for most of us, Capt Lee was even able to save his Car!<br><div><img src=“” alt="]<br></div>