City of New Orleans
by Ted Bingham, Blogger & Satirist
Riding on the City of New Orleans,
Hurricane Katrina Monday morning gale
fleeing cars with fearful, restless riders,
the freeways moving like a snail.
All along the northbound oddity
The storm comes down on Bourbon Street
through cathouses, bars and grills.
Crashin' waves, taking no names, into
Freight yards full of old black men
the graveyards of the rusted automobiles.
Good morning America how are you?
Don't you know me
I'm a world of fun,
I'm the pain they call the Hurricane Ka-tri-na,
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is
Dealin' hard times on Mobile Alabama.
Trashing the joint, ain't no one keepin' score.
Kick it into gear
and hit the throttle
As Battleship Parkway meets the Mobile Bay floor.
And the sons of old French Quarter
sons of Belvedere
Ride Katrina’s magic carpet made of silt.
Mothers with their babes asleep,
In the shelters
as the tempest beats
With the roaring wind feeding on their fear.
Nighttime after Hurricane
Driving up to Memphis, Tennessee.
Half way out, we'll be there by morning
Though the Mississippi Delta’s
up by the sea.
And all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream
“Any survivor?” “Still
ain't heard the news!”
The governors' pleas hit the air,
"Federal disaster, has been declared"
We need FEMA,
Red Cross and Recovery Crews!
Good night, America, how are you?
Don't you know me I'm a world of fun,
pain they call Hurricane Ka-tri-na,
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.
11 Deaths In Florida Now Attributed To Hurricane Katrina
Thousands of people remained without power from Katrina early Monday, which struck
Thursday with 80 mph sustained winds. Florida Power & Light says they are on schedule to have service restored to the
majority of customers by Tuesday. Those in hardest hit areas, however, may have to wait till Friday before their power is
Utility crews scrambled to restore power to 850,000 customers in South Florida.
Power crews had to clear away fallen trees to fix aboveground lines and wait for flooding to subside to reach underground
In at least one location spotted on radar, 20 inches of rain fell, and 10 inches
were reported in several areas across the state.
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