Katrina's Damage

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

The high price of gas could go higher, and it may be harder to find.

Oil rigs off Louisiana have been abandoned and gas refining is coming to a halt. Jeb Bush says Floridians should not panic.

Gov. Bush says, “The first response should not be, ‘oh my gosh, if you’re living in Tampa, let’s go run out and fill up everything I’ve got.’ It should be, you know, just start planning, patiently planning what your life is going to look like this week.”

At Shell Point there’s kite surfing and wind surfing. A 10-foot surge from Dennis surprised residents here. Katrina is expected to produce water five feet higher than normal.

With less to worry about, state officials are making plans to help Louisiana.

Dr. Agwanobi says, “We have at least 200 nurses that are ready to go upon request, and that’s just a down payment.”

Tens of thousands remain without power in south Florida. The governor now says it is time for utilities to embrace placing lines under ground instead of repairing them storm after storm.

Gov. Bush adds, “I do think we ought to find ways to have significant incentives for putting lines underground. I think it makes sense.”

Meanwhile, two more weather systems have potential for strengthening, and while typical for the time of year, their presence is no consolation for a storm weary public.

During its sweep through south Florida, Katrina killed nine people, destroyed about $1 billion worth of homes and property and wrecked $100 million worth of public buildings and highways.


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