August 30, 2005

Katrina's Wake


From FoxNews: Governor: Evacuate New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS Rescuers along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast pushed aside the dead to reach the living Tuesday in a race against time and rising waters, while New Orleans sank deeper into crisis and Louisiana's governor ordered storm refugees out of this drowning city.

Two levees broke and sent water coursing into the streets of the Big Easy a full day after New Orleans appeared to have escaped widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina. An estimated 80 percent of the below-sea-level city was under water, up to 20 feet deep in places, with miles and miles of homes swamped.

"The situation is untenable," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. "It's just heartbreaking."

UPDATE I -- Aug. 31: Glenn Reynolds has a comprehensive list of groups assisting in the emergency here. [Technorati tags: flood aid, Hurricane Katrina]

UPDATE II: An amazing series of photos that capture the extent of the damage: New Orleans floods.

Posted by Forkum at August 30, 2005 06:54 PM