Click here to check the rising water level in Lake Pontchartrain. The gage height is already up, and not going down anytime soon. This will be a good indicator of the storm's strength.
We have great memories of being on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain in 1987, when John Paul II held an outdoor mass at the University of New Orleans. We hope the storm goes easy on the Big Easy. But hope alone isn't going to cut it this time.