Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Police allowed media with proper identification to enter New Orleans around 8 a.m. today to cover Katrina's devastation. Residents were and are still prohibited from re-entering the city, and for good reason. This morning's assessments are that eighty percent of the city is underwater. In addition, many bridges and highways are blocked because of damage. What access there is is being reserved for rescue vehicles. Massive rescue efforts are underway to rescue those trapped by the flooding caused by rain, storm surge, and breached levees. Today, reports are coming in that more than 2000 people have already been rescued. A local tv station tells us that city officials have invoked "martial law" because looting has begun. The head of FEMA told a local tv station last night that apart from the California wildfires, Katrina was the worst natural disaster he had ever witnessed. Read more here, here, and here.