Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Mundane things about life after Katrina

One aspect of life in New Orleans now is flat tires from all the crap in the streets - and almost nowhere to get tires fixed. I had a roofing nail removed from a tire this morning after trying to get into a busy repair shop three days in a row.

The caption from The Times-Picayune photo above stated that C.A.R.S., LLC. in Metairie is repairing tires for free.

Useless information I never thought I'd learn: One 12-ounce can of Red Cross/Anheiser-Busch filtered water perfectly fills a standard ice-cube tray.


The Times-Picayune published a story on flat tires:

With enough debris around town to fill up 12 Superdomes, much of it is ending up lodged in tires, leaving motorists fuming and keeping tire shops busy with repairs that more than double pre-Katrina volumes.

"For tires, this is like a war zone," said Texas roofer Ron Lotten, as he hopped recently from one Metairie tire shop to another, looking for someone who would fix a flat the same day. "It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack."

He's hardly alone.

AAA, which has more than 170,000 members in the New Orleans metro area, said roadside assistance calls for flat tires jumped 62 percent last month compared with September 2004, spokesman Mike Right said.

And though no one in the industry seems to have metrowide figures, nails and screws in roadways are giving local tires such a whomping that auto shops are turning down customers or have waits of hours and even days.


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