September 2nd, 2008
11:10 AM ET

Gustav is gone... garbage too

Drew Griffin
CNN Correspondent

Another sure sign this storm is over and a lesson from Katrina was learned.

After Katrina, garbage sat for weeks in the French Quarter.

This morning it's already being picked up.

There are still plenty of problems with this city but you have to admit, the city was much more prepared for Gustav.

This is a shot at 8:45 Tuesday morning on Royal Street.

Filed under: Drew Griffin • Hurricane Gustav
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. brandi

    to chad...i feel your pain. i live about 20 minutes north of Morgan City and was quite frustrated with the lack of news in our area. i have yet to make it home and am hearing from others how bad it is yet the televisions are not showing any damage in our area except the morgan city holiday inn.

    to barbara...looks like the ravages of Gustav will fall to the wayside just as your flooding has done.

    dont get me wrong, i love to watch AC do his thing, but i dont think enough focus was put on where the real damage is. NOLA always floods in a thunderstorm. that isnt really anything new.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  2. Barbara James

    Glad Gustov wasn't that bad . . . . but has everybody forgotten that some parts of FL are still flooded after Fay??? Some homes are still in waist deep water. Hum! Makes ya wonder!!

    September 2, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  3. Kat D.

    I must agree with Chad above. I'm from Canada and was glued to CNN (and Cdn news channels) for updates. It appears everyone was so happy the levies held around New Orleans. First off, New Orleans didn't take a direct hit, so are/will the levies be safe if / when they are REALLY needed again? Second, my hearts and prayers go to the victims that were hit head on by Gustav. Get the news and prayers focusing on them. And hopefully, get repairs and government dollars there, where it's so desparately needed. You don't need to be a tourist location to need help!!! But don't get me wrong...you sure have a lot of work STILL to be done from Katrina.

    September 2, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  4. Jessica

    I am so glad New Orleans is doing great after the storm! The local, state and federal goverments did a great job. And to the people of New Orleans. Good job on getting out! There is still lot of work to do to get the city to were it was pre Katrinia. We have a family trip planned for the 26 of Sept to go to New Orleans for the long weekend.. I can't wait to see the city I love!

    September 2, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  5. jasmeen

    I truly admire your reporting Anderson–you are terrific–I think this time they did much better and were prepared–I just think was this taken with some undertones of he election this year–but I am very happy that this Hurricane was not like Katrina–but we have 3 more hurricanes to deal with –Hanna on the east coast– I Know you will be there, doing your superb reporting-my prayers are with the people of Hurricane Gustavo and Hanna-jasmeen

    September 2, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  6. Lis Alexandra from Capital of Texas

    yes, thank you CNN for keeping us informed throughout the entire process and those of us in Texas felt re-assured that we were helping as much as we could the incoming evacuees !!

    September 2, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  7. Lavelle

    it's great to see Nagin did his job this time and was better prepared. Last time the buses that were reserved for taking people out of the city were flooded. This time they were used.

    I remember Nagin saying something like "we didn't evacuate the city because we thought our citizens would be rescued".

    WTF Nagin?

    What kind of leader intentionally puts his own citizens in danger and expects the feds to save them?

    If you answered "Democratic Leadership", you're right!

    September 2, 2008 at 12:15 pm |
  8. Chad

    Actually I think CNN and all other national news agencies did a horrible job covering the storm. I am from Houma, LA just north of were the storm made landfall. Houma was hardly even mentioned in the news broadcasts. I saw the more coverage of minimal street flooding in New Orleans and a small amount of water being blown over the levee on the Industrial Canal more than anything else. It seems as if the new media was hoping that they would have some big story to report out of New Orleans. Now that there is none, that really don't care. How about reporting on where the storm actually did some damage and where peoples lives are really being affected. As of now I am told I cannot go back to my home or check on my buisness assets until Friday at the earliest. But it seems that since New Orleans did not flood again everything is fine in SE Louisiana.

    September 2, 2008 at 11:49 am |
  9. Mike, Vietnam

    Great post Drew!
    It good to see and know city is in better shape. I going to Baton Rouge in two weeks, looks like clean-up will be minimum. But what about some city in Mass. The got hit hard too!
    Glad to see you safe Drew!

    September 2, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  10. brandi

    looks like NOLA came out pretty good this time. too bad the Morgan City area, as well as my hometown was right in the path of the eye. no lights and no answers. i have yet to make it home, but have heard from others who have and it is not good. no Entergy trucks seen anywhere. seems as though they have all gone to NOLA and Baton Rouge, i guess the small outlying towns are further down the priority list. so many stories yet to tell. 🙂

    September 2, 2008 at 11:45 am |
  11. deborah, OH

    Thanks for posting, Drew. Glad to see you aren't stuck in an airport somewhere!
    It's amazing how well things have gone in NOLA this time. Of course, the storm was not qute as bad, but still, EVERYBODY was prepared & working together.
    CNN did a remarkable job of keeping the world informed! Thank you!

    September 2, 2008 at 11:19 am |

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