Monday, September 1, 2008
Hurricane Gustav Advisory: Landfall, 11:00 am Monday, September 01, 2008
CATEGORY 2 GUSTAV MAKES LANDFALL ON COASTAL INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
Hurricane Gustav has just made landfall near Cocodrie, LA and the eyewall has passed through most of the coastal Indigenous communities including Pointe-au-Chien, Isle de Jean Charles, Chauvin, Grand Calliou-Dulac, Dularge and Bayou Loforche. Our reports indicate many of the residents of this area have evacuated. We have been and are making further communication with our contacts in this area.
The hurricane made landfall as a very strong Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 110mph and higher gusts. Wind speeds of this magnitude can cause considerable roof damage, uproot trees and overturn and destroy single-wide mobile homes, and cause permanent homes to shift off foundation.
A storm surge of 10 to 14 feet above normal tidal levels is expected as Gustav crosses the coast. The area of landfall is very low and is prone to heavy flooding and many structures will sustain heavy water/mud damage.
Four Directions is monitoring the situation and preparing a First Response Team to go in and help in assessing the damage. We will begin to request certain resources within 24 hours and hope to have a complete inventory of needed items within 3-5 days. We are seeking 2-3 volunteers with first responder experience to assist us in this phase of operations. Contact Naomi Archer at 828-230-1404 for more information.
Secure monetary donations can be made through Cloud Forest Institute (our fiscal sponsor) at this website:
**You must designate Four Directions Solidarity Network as the intended recipient on the form.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information, please visit our website at www.eswn.org. If the website has crashed due to too much traffic, please visit our internet blog at www.eswngustav.blogspot.com.