By Joe Hischer
2theadvocate.com staff writer
I just returned from a drive around town to see how everyone is fairing. There is a lot of damage, but nothing catastrophic that I've seen.
Highland Road and the surrounding neighborhoods have extensive tree damage. Branches have fallen on houses and taken down powerlines. Remember: don't monkey around powerlines!
Highland Road itself looks like an abandoned, ancient street where the forest has started to reclaim it. Leaves and branches litter the road and make it almost impassable.
At the intersection of Highland and Knox Hill, East Baton Rouge Deputy Jacky Brown, Sr. was turning around traffic because of a large tree that had fallen across the road. He said the Department of Public Works had been called, but didn't know when it would be cleaned up.
Nearby a tree had just fallen on a house. The owner came out in a t-shirt and boxers, took a quick look and then ran back inside. Across the street from him another tree had taken down some power lines.
At the Bank One building near Highland and Kenilworth, a group of friends had gathered to watch the storm from the bank's patio. From left to right, Beaux Nesbit, Greg Metzler, Kaitlyn Hoychick, Elizabeth Bowie, Lindsay Hoychick and Gabe Miller enjoyed the storm while sipping brews. If you get a chance you can join them, but Lindsay will be back at work at The Chimes later today.
Florida Boulevard was eerily devoid of traffic for this early in the morning. Many signs were flapping from their posts, some with pieces in the middle of the street.
At Gerry Lane Chevrolet on Florida Boulevard, a light pole had fallen on a new Chevy SSR damaging the bed slightly. An American flag sadly drooped from the window.
Closer to downtown, the Uptown sign was upside down! It had fallen from the roof into the parking lot on its top.
When I returned to my desk, water had come through the walls and pooled under my computer, so it had to be moved.
The wind is picking up now. It's some crazy times, people!