Waters Keeps Rising in South
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Now, on to the news…
Unfortunately, there seems to be no end to Hurricane Katrina’s wrath.
The following is simply heartbreaking.
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.”
One Mississippi county alone said its death toll was at least 100, and officials are “very, very worried that this is going to go a lot higher,” said Joe Spraggins, civil defense director for Harrison County, home to Biloxi and Gulfport.
Thirty of the victims in the county were from a beachfront apartment building that collapsed under a 25-foot wall of water as Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast with 145-mph winds. And Louisiana officials said many were feared dead there, too, making Katrina one of the most punishing storms to hit the United States in decades.
Seriously people, this is one of the worst ever.
The deadliest spot yet appeared to be Biloxi’s Quiet Water Beach apartments, where authorities said about 30 people were washed away. All that was left of the red-brick building was a concrete slab.
“We grabbed a lady and pulled her out the window and then we swam with the current,” 55-year-old Joy Schovest said through tears. “It was terrifying. You should have seen the cars floating around us. We had to push them away when we were trying to swim.”
“What I’m authorized to say now is we expect the death toll to be higher than anything we’ve ever seen before,” said Jim Pollard, civil defense spokesman for Mississippi’s Harrison County, which includes Biloxi and Gulfport.
Asked if the toll could be higher than Hurricane Camille in 1969 when 131 were killed in Mississippi and 40 went missing, Pollard referred back to his statement and said, “That would be higher wouldn’t it?”
Said Biloxi Mayor A. J. Holloway: “This is our tsunami.”
And even more news about Hurricane Katrina from the NY Times.