8.31.2005

Thousands Dead?

AP - New Orleans - The mayor said Wednesday that Katrina probably killed thousands of people in New Orleans — an estimate that, if accurate, would make the storm by far the nation's deadliest hurricane in more than a century. "We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water," and other people dead in attics, Mayor Ray Nagin said. Asked how many, he said: "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands." And it looks like New Orleans is completely under water. Today, people are being told to "abandon" the city.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is awful. I have a huge hole in my heart for this city and its people.

I know the loss of life and homes is the most important factor. However, the amount of damage to all those historical garden district homes on St. Charles Ave. and other sites all around that city is awful. Those items can never be replaced.

Anonymous said...

As of yesterday evening, St. Charles was dry. It's a little higher up. One of the few places not under water though.

Anonymous said...

I don't get why these people stayed. The city sits below sea level and a class 5 hurricane was coming and they were told to evacuate. I guess they missed the TV coverage on the Typhoon last Christmas

trappedinchico said...

There are lots of poor people in New Orleans. Louisiana is one of the poorest states there is. Many did not have a car, or the money to get out of New Orleans.

Anonymous said...

I am sure they could have gotten out if they wanted to leave. The Red Cross and etc have provisions to help people like that beforehand.

Anonymous said...

I am becoming increasingly frustrated with how the Bush Administration is not dealing with this situation. This will have an effect that may surpass 9/11. What concerns me is that I just read that in 2001 FEMA warned our President that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of three most likely disasters (the others being a terrorist attack on New York and and an earthquake in California)to occur in the next 5-10 years. The Corps of Engineers came up with a proposal on how New Orleans could be saved if this occured. But the money for this was diverted to the Iraq war. Funding has been cut for this almost 50%. In 2003, Bush reversed a decade (including his father)long policy on the wetlands around New Orleans. He turned them over to developers. He was told in 2004 that without these wetlands, New Orleans could not withstand an ordinary hurricane, let alone a Category 4 or 5. This is just not right. Those fine folks, and we, deserve some explanations.

Anonymous said...

Anon #5,
Have you ever been to New Orleans? Just wondering-it is not easy to get out of the city via car in normal traffic. Imagine an emergency evacuation, with 1.2 million people ordered to leave. Roughly 200,000 did not have cars-were they supposed to walk along side the 23 mile long causeway to "safety", in Slidell or something? That is not even logical.

Anonymous said...

I wondered how long it would take for someone to start up the "blame game", something our country is, sadly, to well known for. The reality is this--hindsight is always 20/20, each person should accept some individual responsibility for their own care, it was a natural (out of our control) disaster, and the "guvment" can't fix everything in life! Of course, they can try, but they'll be happy to raise our taxes to support it! Remember what President Reagan (I think) said were the scariest words--"We're from the government, and we're here to help you".

wizard said...

Think the joke goes like:

The three greatest lies in the world:
1) When a man tells a woman he will love her as much in the morning as he does tonight;
2) When the doctor says "Now this is not going to hurt a bit";

3) and when the government says "We are here to help you".

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Anonymous at 8:46--you are so right. Those people down in NO need to take some individual responsibility for their circumstances. After all, if they had owned a car, they could have left before Katrina hit. Those women raped in the Superdome should take some individual responsibility--I bet they were dressed provacatively. That 80 year old heart transplant patient with the diabetic woman in a coma in the helicopter cage should take some responsibility for getting shot at by some snipers trying to get control of the helicopter. You are so right. Those folks on roof tops who haven't eaten for 4 days, those 246 people on the roof of the hospital who are dying every hour--they need to take some personal responsibility for being ill when Katrina hit. What a great example of conservative compassion.
Blame? That post isn't about placing blame--it's about how it happened and what we can do to prevent it.

Anonymous said...

Hey anonymous at 8:46--I'll bet if your relative's body was floating down the street or your sister was raped in the Superdome, you'd be the first person wondering why the "guvment" didn't do somethin!! "Guvment" can't fix everything? How insensitive can you be?? Read a newspaper, watch the television. We have a crisis down in NO that is going to eclipse 9/11. I guess you think the "guvment" shouldn't have tried to "fix" that crisis either.

Anonymous said...

I guess we can blame the "guvment" for not teaching you how to spell also? The problem in New Orleans was/is ignorance.