Ike victims face race against time

Ike victims face race against time

There are 20 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Sep 14, 2008, titled Ike victims face race against time. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Rescue crews canvassed neighborhoods inundated by Ike's storm surge early Sunday morning, racing against time to save those who spent a second harrowing night trapped amid flattened houses, strewn debris and ...

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fema sam

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Sep 14, 2008
maybe fema should just cut checks and let the private sector rebuild.

“Secure our borders!!!”

Since: Jun 07

Tucson, AZ

#2 Sep 15, 2008
I find it funny that the NHC, FEMA, Local, State and Fedral governments all told people to prepare for the hurricane, to leave the areas. These people had 10 days warnng and now they are complaining that not enough food, water and ice are not availble for them. I don't mind helping out, it is time for the citizens to take some responsibilty.

Not only that, they expect the government to rebuild and send money just to have another hurricane blow it away again.

NHC Ike Archives
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2008/IKE.shtm...
regularguy

Middleville, MI

#3 Sep 15, 2008
It's time for these people to move since they " lost everything". Good location for a wind farm.
Batch37 Pain Is Good

United States

#4 Sep 15, 2008
I hope our insurance rates don't go up. We didn't build on the coast. Now is a good time to buy a house in Michigan since we have a large inventory of homes. A lot of those people work in the petro industry. They can bring those jobs here and fire up this economy. I know, wishful thinking.
Brandy

United States

#5 Sep 15, 2008
I am from Bridge City, Texas and I did evacuate from my home and I will tell you I will collect from my insurance company and guess what I will rebuild as will many of my fellow Bridge City neighbors will do the same. Just remember if you didn't have our Gulf Coast communities you would not have the fuel you have now. We do produce the majority of the oil remember that and instead of tring to put down our communities for living on the coast you should be praying that everyone that diecded to stay are alive and makes it out with good health! You are heartless creatures for viewing this disaster as you do!!!!!
Batch37 Pain Is Good

United States

#6 Sep 15, 2008
Brandy wrote:
I am from Bridge City, Texas and I did evacuate from my home and I will tell you I will collect from my insurance company and guess what I will rebuild as will many of my fellow Bridge City neighbors will do the same. Just remember if you didn't have our Gulf Coast communities you would not have the fuel you have now. We do produce the majority of the oil remember that and instead of tring to put down our communities for living on the coast you should be praying that everyone that diecded to stay are alive and makes it out with good health! You are heartless creatures for viewing this disaster as you do!!!!!
I feel for you. Just mentioning an alternative that would cost less. Good luck, hope your home is alright.
give it up

Kalamazoo, MI

#7 Sep 15, 2008
I feel for the people who are involved, but really, come on. You were warned to leave the area. I am not heartless, but by staying, you put at risk other people's lives who now have to come rescue you.

“Janet Aubry”

Since: Sep 08

Anna Maria, Florida

#8 Sep 15, 2008
some people like us have a missing daughter, she has serious mental issues and is borderline indigent - am sure her mobile home is gone. we don't know where she is - we begged her to leave (no car, no money, no gas, lots of dogs and cats adopted from past storms) depression, etc. She is not under 21 so there is nothing we can do legally. we are grateful and afraid for the rescuers who are trying to find her. There are a lot of things that you can't control and this is one of them. Pray to God we find her alive. There may be a time and place to judge others lives but this for sure isn't it.
Mark

Lovington, NM

#9 Sep 15, 2008
Big Mark wrote:
I find it funny that the NHC, FEMA, Local, State and Fedral governments all told people to prepare for the hurricane, to leave the areas. These people had 10 days warnng and now they are complaining that not enough food, water and ice are not availble for them. I don't mind helping out, it is time for the citizens to take some responsibilty.
Not only that, they expect the government to rebuild and send money just to have another hurricane blow it away again.
NHC Ike Archives
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2008/IKE.shtm...
Just more socialism at work.

I have no sympathy for these people at all. They were told to leave, if they didn't let them sit on their roofs until the water recedes.

It's called personal responsibility.
Neko

Midland, MI

#10 Sep 15, 2008
Brandy wrote:
I am from Bridge City, Texas and I did evacuate from my home and I will tell you I will collect from my insurance company and guess what I will rebuild as will many of my fellow Bridge City neighbors will do the same. Just remember if you didn't have our Gulf Coast communities you would not have the fuel you have now. We do produce the majority of the oil remember that and instead of tring to put down our communities for living on the coast you should be praying that everyone that diecded to stay are alive and makes it out with good health! You are heartless creatures for viewing this disaster as you do!!!!!
You must have that...ahem....government flood insurance!

I have never gotten any disaster assistance...and the annual premium on my home is more than they will pay if it got destroyed.

I wonder why?

I have had wind damage...and crop damage..and snow so deep my home was completly buried.

Here in Michigan we usually get a little mention on the news...and a few millionare farmers get cut a check... the rest of us pick up and rebuild..at our own expense.

But never in a flood zone.

If the insurance company wants to rebuild your home every few year...that is their problem.

But don't expect me to pay!

Any insurance companies found to raise their rates in Michigan to pay the claims of irresponsible people who live in waterfront condos in Texas need to be investigated by the insurance commission for price gouging!

Here in Michigan....we have been having an ECONOMIC DISASTER for 7 and a half years now?

And like the Katrina Disaster... it is being TOTALLY IGNORED BY GEORGE!

We have a reason to be "Heartless"

IMO...the US Government has NO BUSINESS insuring homes in flood and hurricane zones.

People who take "risks" need to start being responsible for the consequences.

So if you are stupid enough to rebuild in a flood zone...

Don't call us Heartless when help doesn't come!
steve disbennett

Grand Haven, MI

#11 Sep 15, 2008
give it up wrote:
I feel for the people who are involved, but really, come on. You were warned to leave the area. I am not heartless, but by staying, you put at risk other people's lives who now have to come rescue you.
we all know these coastal communities are suject to fierce weather at times and people are going to live there no matter the risk...but,when you are told to get the hell out,and you dont leave...well,its become your problem,period...when offials say "evacuate",if you refuse to leave,you should be "helped" out of the area..as far as government assisted rebuilding,i agree with the other posting that said "cut the checks and let the private sector do it"...people will say that opens the door to fraud,huh,look at how people defrauded the government during katrina so that is a mute point..these areas are vital to our nations fuel supply and it cant be taken lightly when they are flattened on occasion,but when you have 10 days warning,you should be able to prepare and leave...the property left behind,well,the condition of that upon return is unknown,but at least if you leave,you will have the ability to return...we shouldnt have to pay 100's of thousands of dollars to run around looking for victims {stupid people that dont listen}that shouldnt have been in harms way.. but knowing everything is an unfortunate trait that many display...

“Janet Aubry”

Since: Sep 08

Anna Maria, Florida

#12 Sep 15, 2008
I have never been so ashamed to be born and raised in Michigan than in reading the bitterness and lack of human compassion being extended to everyone involved in this tragedy by the people above. Believe me, they are in the ignorant minority. Most people in Michigan have a sense of the appropriate time, place and manner in which to express their ideas in a forum. I have been in plenty of tornados and floods in Michigan where people came to help us and vice versa. It's called humanity. Maybe there is a reason some of these people are having such a difficult time with no positive attitude or feeling for fellow human beings in trouble no matter what. Guess I should have moved to a place where they don't have repetitive disasters like tornados,floods, hurricanes, eathquakes, fire, mudslides, etc. Where did you say that is again? Michigan?

“Janet Aubry”

Since: Sep 08

Anna Maria, Florida

#13 Sep 15, 2008
Still searching for our daughter Camilla Fitzgerald last known location Gulf Coast Logistics Building @ 5040 FM 1006 Bridge City. Have heard nothing. Does anyone know anything about this place or her? Please please help us.
Kristen

United States

#14 Sep 15, 2008
Some of you people are completely amazing. Get off this site if you have nothing nice to say. Yes, no one wants the government to use "all" of "our" tax dollars to pay for repairs, but those that say that we "expect" the government to rebuild it is just wrong. You must have us confused with a vast majority of the Katrina victims. I have insurance, and Bridge City is a fairly wealthy community due to the great jobs that provide the rest of the country gas, chemicals and the like. You guys are confusing people's lack of judgment for not leaving to the insurance issue and it's totally separate. Yes, those that didn't leave should have and shouldn't blame anyone because I also agree with personal responsibility. But it is what it is and I have many friends who own boats (including myself--I own 2), who have returned to assist "their" neighbors in safe rescue; and others who have allowed the police and rescue sqauds to permanently seize their boats because they didn't have enough to do the job. So, we are all helping out. At least we aren't shooting at the rescuers and looting the community and tying up the judicial system because we aren't that way. As far as insurance, etc, and the claim that your tax dollars are going to seemingly lazy or unprepared people...well, then I hope to God you are writing your State Rep wherever you are to disagree with the manner that the government spends "any" of your money because you all can't pick and choose how it's done. I pay taxes, too. A freakin' lot of them, and so does my community because we have a sound economy with high-paying jobs. There are some that are not as fortunate as I am, but for whatever choice they made a long time ago to lack ambition or whatever, they are still humans, my neighbors, and we are all in this together.
Kristen

United States

#15 Sep 15, 2008
To NEKO:::
Your logic is quite interesting. You wrote:

"I have had wind damage...and crop damage..and snow so deep my home was completly buried.

Here in Michigan we usually get a little mention on the news...and a few millionare farmers get cut a check... the rest of us pick up and rebuild..at our own expense.

But never in a flood zone."

So, now you are trying to make a difference in the manner in which a home gets destroyed or messed up? You have wind and snow yearly, we get hurricanes (but have never flooded), so why are you still in MI??? You'd be just as stupid as we are. And the vast majority of us will rebuild at our own expense. Quit making generalizations because of Katrina (and it appears you may somehow sympathize with that because you wrote George ignored it--so that flaws your logic).

Bottom line: This country NEEDS our community to rebuild so you don't get pissed at the pump, heat your freezing home, and allow the snow plows to have gas to clean up your home.

“Janet Aubry”

Since: Sep 08

Anna Maria, Florida

#16 Sep 15, 2008
We are still desperately searching for information about our missing daughter, Camilla Fitzgerald. She was spending the storm at Gulf Coast Logistics warehouse building located at 5040 FM 1006 in Bridge City (Orange). Please please if anyone knows anything about the place, it's condition, or her we will be checking this post regularly. Thanks for any information you can send us.
Mom in Alabama

Eastabuchie, MS

#17 Sep 15, 2008
My 20 yr. old son and his dad lived in a small trailor by a house on stilts 6 miles from Bridge City. The address is 5270 West Roundbunch Rd. Tomorrow is my son's birthday 09-16. Can someone please answer these questions for me who knows the area since I have not been able to get any info. from the p.d.s, redcross, and others. Are they alive? Were they rescued? Is the house on stilts still there? If so, did anyone search the house, the trailor, look in their car (blue oldsmobile stationwagon)? I last spoke to them at 1:00 a.m. just before the storm got bad. Please let us know something. Thanks.

“Janet Aubry”

Since: Sep 08

Anna Maria, Florida

#18 Sep 15, 2008
We haven't found our daughter yet but Stephen, a blogger on another site, asked his parents to go to the warehouse where she was and they found it empty with no signs that it had been submerged to the point that they wouldn't have survived. We are so grateful and relieved. Hopefully she will turn up soon but at least she wasn't trapped in there. I think if we all stay on track we will find our loved ones and I don't get the information from anyone including the sheriff's office that there are massive fatalities, possibly from none to a very few. Have hope!

“Janet Aubry”

Since: Sep 08

Anna Maria, Florida

#19 Sep 15, 2008
Very happy to have found missing daughter Camilla Fitzgerald. She called home tonight on a borrowed phone. She's alive and well and we are so grateful to all of you who have helped and supported us. You are all in my prayers. God Bless.

“Norwegian Blues stun easily!”

Since: Jun 08

Salt Lake City, UT

#20 Sep 15, 2008
Mom in Alabama wrote:
My 20 yr. old son and his dad lived in a small trailor by a house on stilts 6 miles from Bridge City. The address is 5270 West Roundbunch Rd. Tomorrow is my son's birthday 09-16. Can someone please answer these questions for me who knows the area since I have not been able to get any info. from the p.d.s, redcross, and others. Are they alive? Were they rescued? Is the house on stilts still there? If so, did anyone search the house, the trailor, look in their car (blue oldsmobile stationwagon)? I last spoke to them at 1:00 a.m. just before the storm got bad. Please let us know something. Thanks.
If you go to redcross.org , there is a "safe and well" list where you can search for names of people that have reported themselves safe and well. At least it's a start :)

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