A report from the Bywater

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Talked to a friend who is hunkered down in the Bywater in her house near the Industrial Canal with a bunch of people. (Bywater folks: It's Stacey G.) Her notes:

- The Industrial Canal is overtopping - they see it on TV like the rest of us - but she says there is no water in the streets of the Bywater except rainwater. Some of the wind gusts are stronger than they'd expected: "Some people are going to have wind damage." Power's out in the area, as is Internet.

- NO LOOTING. NO CIVIL UNREST. "The area is being really well-patrolled." At the Bywater house they are BBQing on the back porch of the house and NOPD and National Guard are dropping by for food; the authorities say that they haven't picked up a single person in the area: "Nobody's out trying to pull sh*t yet."

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