Tuesday, August 30, 2005

 

Levees Breached. Downtown Submerged.

Last Updated: Aug.31

As has been feared, the nightmare scenario has happened.
At least 2 levees have been breached, one seriously, allowing Lake Pontchartrain to drain into the downtown core of New Orleans. If it wasn't a calamity, already, it surely is now. We should all pray for these people in any and every way we can.

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The Houston Astrodome's schedule has been cleared through December for housing evacuees, said Kathy Walt, a spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

CNNMoney is reporting that gas prices are expected to reach 4.00$ per gallon (approx. 1.75$C/litre) at least in the short term.

"This is a tragedy of great proportions, greater than any we've see in our lifetimes," Governor Blanco said. "We know many lives have been lost."

The governor also said it was "impossible to even begin to estimate" how long it will take to restore power and drinking water in New Orleans.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in a local TV interview. "The city of New Orleans is in a state of devastation. We probably have 80 percent of our city underwater. With some sections of our city, the water is as deep as 20 feet."

Getting anything into New Orleans will be difficult because of the damage to two bridge spans seven miles long that carry Interstate 10 over Lake Pontchartrain, linking the city to points east.


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