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August 31, 2005

New Orleans under water: Everyone Must Leave - If They Can! (Updated)

Topics: Natural Disasters
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[Water surrounds homes just east of downtown New Orleans yesterday. (AP)]

The situation for the people of New Orleans is terrible and getting worse. Here are some of the news stories on the disaster(contact forums are at the bottom of the post):

The Washington Times: "New Orleans under water" - Rising floodwaters engulfed much of New Orleans yesterday after an overnight break in at least two levees, and the imminent failure of the region's water pumps promised even worse flooding, prompting officials to order the city evacuated.

Washington Post(via MSNBC): Charities, U.S. military mobilize to help - Katrina aid effort could be longest, costliest in U.S. history. Charities and the federal government launched what aid agencies predicted could be the longest and costliest relief effort in U.S. history, as workers began arriving last night in states devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and as the U.S. military organized an intensive response by already stretched National Guard and active duty forces.

Washington Post: Looting, Fires And a Second Evacuation - As murky water surged around their homes from levee breaks undetected in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, families that had hunkered down for Monday's storm were forced Tuesday to climb first to their attics and then to their roofs in the hope of rescue by boat or helicopter.

FoxNews: "New Orleans' Flooding a 'Logistical Nightmare'" - There was simply no time to count the dead as engineers scrambled to plug two broken New Orleans levees and rescuers searched for survivors clinging to rooftops as the Gulf Coast continued to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

AP via Times Picayune: The governor of Louisiana says everyone needs to leave New Orleans due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina. "We've sent buses in. We will be either loading them by boat, helicopter, anything that is necessary," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. Army engineers struggled without success to plug New Orleans' breached levees with giant sandbags, and the governor said Wednesday the situation was worsening and there was no choice but to abandon the flooded city.

AP News Flash: Gulf Coast struggles to find survivors - Along the Gulf Coast, there was simply no time even to count the dead. Engineers scrambled to plug two broken New Orleans levees and rescuers searched for survivors clinging to both hope and rooftops as the swirling, tea-colored water continued to rise.

The Times Picayune: Interstate turns into triage area - They came from eastern New Orleans, Lakeview, Gentilly and Hollygrove on helicopters that arrived one after another and landed on Interstate 10 where it intersects with Causeway Boulevard. On a normal day, the point where the two thoroughfares cross - often referred to as the busiest intersection in the state -would be choked with vehicles. But heavy chopper traffic was one of many signs that Tuesday was anything but normal.

Missing Persons via NOLA.com:
Orleans Parish
Jefferson Parish
Kenner
Mandeville
River Parishes
St. Bernard/Plaquemines
St. Tammany
Marigny/Bywater
Vieux Carre' Life

FEMA Assistance FAQ

Reaching out Forum: Send your well wishes to the people of New Orleans.

As I said in our previous post on Katrina - we are looking at a natural disaster of monumental proportions. I have a very good friend, a 73 year-old priest, that stayed behind in New Orleans along with 3 other priests, and no one has been able to find out how they are doing, or even if they are alive. If anyone knows anything about what happened to the Jesuit Priests, please let us know - especially the whereabouts of Father Paul Osterle.

Update: Dan at California Yankee has a complete list of organizations assisting Hurricane Katrina victims.

For a summary of "Katrina Blogs," check out The Guardian's article (UK) - Katrina blogs...

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Posted by Richard at August 31, 2005 9:56 AM



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