New Orelans under water
Whitecaps in the street
New Orleans Escapes Direct Hit, but Most of City Is Inundated
Some people had to be rescued from their rooftops in New Orleans after the storm passed.
Floodwaters from a canal were sending more water into already flooded areas of New Orleans, and Mayor C. Ray Nagin said in a television interview that the city was 80 percent under water, with some of it 20 feet deep.
Hundreds of residents have been rescued from rooftops, and as dawn broke rescuers in boats and helicopters searched for more survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The death toll in just one Mississippi county could be as high as 80, Gov. Haley Barbour said. Preliminary reports on Monday put the toll at 55.
"The devastation down there is just enormous," Mr. Barbour said on NBC's "Today" show. "I hate to say it, but it looks like it is a very bad disaster in terms of human life," he added, referring to Harrison County, which includes Gulfport and Biloxi.
"This is our tsunami," Mayor A. J. Holloway of Biloxi, Miss., told The Biloxi Sun Herald
Someone pointed out that in 1992, a brigade of the 82nd, was sent to Florida on top of the Marines and NG. Now, thousands of Guardsmen are in Iraq and not coming home any time soon.
Yet, with a crisis which may have just spared the obliteration of New Orleans, a two block gap in the Lake Ponchatrain levee has flooded the city and made the pumps used to keep the city dry, fail. Which means much of the city is underwater.
While the Presient clears brush.
Where is the military?
The road net in that region is just shot. Where are the Air Force Special Operations Squadrons with their pararescue men, boats and helicopters. Where is the Navy and their small craft. The Guard has a brigade protecting Mosul, but the Coast Cuard are rescuing people. Why aren't the helicopters of the 101st Airborne helping out?
Despite the scale of the disaster, the military is frighteningly uninvolved here. People are acting as if this is just another Florida hurricane and this may well be far more severe, One would think this would be treated like a nuclear attack, and the pace is far more casual.
And this is the result of the hurricane missing the city.
People are going to die in their attics unless far more and far better rescue equipment is deployed.
posted by Steve @ 9:43:00 AM