Durbin’s family in Baton Rouge braced for hurricane

SAN DIEGO – As Hurricane Isaac approached the southern Louisiana coast on Tuesday, Braves pitchers Chad Durbin and Ben Sheets stayed in touch with their wives and other family members back home in that state.

Durbin’s wife and two children were at home in Baton Rouge, in south central Louisiana, 80 miles from New Orleans. Sheets’ wife and two children were home in Monroe, in the northeast corner of Louisiana.

“It’s supposed to be a tropical storm by the time it gets to Baton Rouge,” Durbin said. “Lose power, that type of thing. Hopefully it doesn’t gain any more strength overnight. It’s a 1 [Category 1 hurricane], but as soon as it hits land it’ll break up a little bit.”

As a longtime resident of Baton Rough, Durbin has been through numerous tropical storms and hurricanes.

“There’s more concern with how slow it’s moving,” he said. “The more rain we get, the worse it is — especially in New Orleans, with their issues. Baton Rough usually holds up pretty well. We just lose power.”

Isaac was approaching the coast on the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans.

“Katrina was terrible, but the one that followed it, Rita, was bad on everybody, too,” Durbin said, “because nobody had recovered yet and we had all that rain.”

Durbin got an update Tuesday from his wife, Crystal.

“My wife is there with the two kids and they’ve got a generator ready, for losing power,” he said. “[Preparing for storms] is run-of-the-mill down there. I just hope nothing bad happens, that a tree doesn’t fall or something. She’s ready. She’s a pro. I wish I was there to help out. She’s got five-month-old and a five-year-old…. She’s got help. She’s got my friends, her family, my family, ready to help….

“[Sheets’] family is up north, even with I-20, like if you go straight into Louisiana from Jackson, Miss. So they’ll just get a bunch of rain.”

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Ken Stallings

August 28th, 2012
11:34 pm

I hope that the seven intervening years have allowed New Orleans to build better dikes and levies. We are certainly going to find out. While the winds won’t be nearly as destructive as Ivan and Katrina were (I lived in Navarre, FL when Ivan hit and therefore got to experience first hand how bad it was as it tore down about every tree I once had in my yard, and damaged my home significantly), nevertheless this one is going to dump 8 inches of rain in the New Orleans area over three full days and nights.

Flooding could be as catatrophic as Katrina ended up being. So, let’s hope things are better engineered there to deal with such a thing.

Ken Stallings

August 28th, 2012
11:37 pm

Wow! I just heard an update on the expected rainfall. Weather folks are now expecting to see 20 inches of rain dumped on New Orleans!


August 29th, 2012
12:21 am

staying safe…

lee maye

August 29th, 2012
1:02 am

Uggla for Roy Oswalt. Would the Rangers be that stupid? Rangers want a righthanded bat, and would like to rid themselves of Oswalt. HR tonight for Uggla and 3 K’s to go with it. 3 K’s for JHey. These Braves simply cannot hit a lefty. In Uggla’s case, he hits lefties better than righties. He can’t hit righties.

Please Wren, go get Oswalt for Sept and put him in rotation for Hanson. Might be enough to catch the Nats with Medlen, Hudson, Oswalt, Minor, and Maholm.

Braves could go with Reed J and Costanza in LF. Rangers Uggla is the bat you need. And, you would him for 3 more years. Go Rangers.


August 29th, 2012
10:48 am

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August 29th, 2012
2:52 pm

Praying the Durbin and Sheets families remain safe and sound.


August 29th, 2012
3:13 pm

I hate it when people post stupid trade ideas that would never happen. Let’s try to be realistic here, people. Why on Earth would the Rangers trade for Uggla?

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