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Missing people: Your replies

Tulane University employees paddle a canoe through the uptown section of New Orleans.
We have received hundreds of messages from people concerned about families and friends who live in or are visiting the region affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Here are a selection of the replies sent so far.


Your emails:

This is for Katie Barber looking for Tracy Bumbarner, I have family in the PD in Houma, if you contact me with information on Tracy, I may be able to help you find her.
Diane Roth, Newtown ct

Keith Jackson and Wendy Gibson are alive and well. We are in Dallas, Tx currently and will be on our way back to Mass. on Monday morning. Thank You all for your support to our families and all of your thoughts.
Keith Jackson, New Orleans, LA

Tammy Sizemore, Mobile, Al - I believe I know of this family, Jack/Freddie, Barry. I live within a mile of them in Powers Comm. The phones are now where you should be able to call in. I will call tomorrow and let them know you are concerned.We only check email when we have generator running. Got water today. Hope AC is not far away - may be two wks.
Debbie Bankston Haas, Laurel, MS, US

Where are Xavier University Students Update! I am elated to inform you that my cousin Rupert C. Dennis, Jr. called his mother on Thursday, September 1. Rupert and other students are on the way to Grambling State University.
Tina M. Akrie, Raleigh, NC (USA)

Update on Mitchell Fultz and Vance Oliver from Ocean Springs, we heard from them. praise God
Sharon Quinlan, w. lafayette, in

Aunt Lorraine & Uncle Ray & Family are safe in Al
Harry Marto & Family, Metairie, La

Just want to reassure my family in the Wirral that we are safe and staying at John's house in N. Carolina
Harry McBrien, Slidell, La. USA

I have found my family! Thank you very much for your site, it gives people hope and comfort to know we can use this to find families.
Wanda Keller, Huber Heights

I pleased to tell you this morning I have received an e-mail from my brother, he and Heather are in Memphis, they went last Friday for a wedding and were to return to New Orleans on the Sunday evening, however, they received news of a storm coming in from Florida therefore decided to stay with friends.
Donna Dixon, UK

As the parent of Stuart Bird I was relieved to read his message this morning on your site. He is caught up in New Orleans in a hotel on Canal Street which is right at the centre of the old French Quarter. He is on the third floor and so stayed with the friends that he is travelling with. We last spoke to him this afternoon at about 2.45 BST. He was fine but still rather bored! His hotel was full to capacity. I hope that he will get food and water from the hotel as he is unable to leave. At that time he had seen water up to the top of car tyres. The power is now down and I am unable to get through by phone. His mobile has been topped up but without power his battery is low. I think that no news is good news at the moment. He went to the States in June to have the summer of his life - little did we realise that it will be one that we will never forget!
Rosemary Bird, Pailton, Rugby, Warwickshire

This is a message to Judith Adams in Castle Cary. I am Aunty Joan's cousin. Aunty Joan and Uncle Sid are fine, slight damage to house and car, Ty stayed with them but they are all fine. The rest of the family evacuated to Florida. Unfortunately I am not sure about Howard and Terri, Mary and Louis as when I spoke to Sid they still hadn't been able to make contact. Hope this helps, if I hear any more I will let you know.
Jonathan Lovell, Bristol

I found out my friends in Gulfport are well. It is such a relief. Their homes are not, of course. It is so aggravating to not be able to speak with them and find out exactly where they are, when the roads will be open, etc. We want to get a hold of them and tell them that we can come and get them as soon as the roads are open, but who knows when that is possible?
Courtney, Jacksonville, FL

My best friend is from Mandeville, LA (north of Lake Ponchetrain, opposite New Orleans, and has received word that the flooding in that area was not as severe as in New Orleans, but that all the trees (and there are hundreds) are down, blocking roads and preventing access in or out. The people there have no food, electricity, or running water and if they're not in immediate danger are receiving no aid. Apparantly there is now a curfew imposed upon remaining/surviving residents; from what we understand most of the supposed "looting" is due to desperation. I will post more as I hear it. my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you affected by this tragedy.
Tom Luper, Modesto, CA, USA

I have some information that may be helpful to some of you. Thousands (possibly in the 20,000s) of evacuees have been moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to local and national news reports our local hotels are booked solid, and churches, civic centers, and schools have been turned into temporary shelters. Many of the evacuees stayed in school-turned-shelters around East Baton Rouge Parish, but were relocated to the Baton Rouge River Center downtown. The estimated 15, 000 people in the Superdome will be moved to Houston's Astrodome, where they can live temporarily until December. Approximately 62,000 Baton Rouge residents and businesses are without electrical power, so communication with the outside world is still limited for many.
Jeannie Smith, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

I recently submitted a post on my family. Since then we have heard that they are fine! They are in Covington LA. My daughter's friend, who is also from Covington, called her on his cell phone as he was on his way to TN to get generators. To those that are looking for family in the Covington LA area, he said there is flooding, and trees are down. Mostly everyone is in their homes with no phones, and no power. He is able to retrieve text messages on his cell phone, but cannot make or receive phone calls. It is with Cingular service. So some may want to try to text their loved ones. Even if they can't reply, at least maybe they can read it. He said he could read my daughter's messages before he could ever reply, and now he is able to reply back to her. Will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers....
Melissa Rice, Burlingame, KS

Posted an appeal last night for information about my sister Frances Holland of Biloxi Mississippi delighted to say I know she is safe and well.
Marlene Lowe, Strichen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Pensacola was not badly hit, although more than 100,000 lost power. It has been restored to almost everyone. I worked in the emergency operations centre during Katrina. No known casualties here.
John Teelin, Pensacola, FL




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