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Old 08-30-2005, 06:24 PM   #151
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I just saw that and it brought tears to my eyes. I keep watching and keep thinking about how many thousands of people have nothing left or no home to go to. I'm really afraid that the count of casualties will only go up as the clean up starts. There are still people being rescued from roofs in New Orleans so it makes me wonder how many people were left in their homes.
I just saw the story you were both referring to. I got the tissue box the moment he started talking. Watching CNN now...
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This is all so incredibly sad
I just watched a reporter interviewing a man who lost his wife as they were trying to escape to their roof. She told him that he should take care of the children and the grandchildren and disappeared into the water. The reporter was holding back tears as she talked to him. He just kept saying "I don't know what we're gonna do, I just don't know" as a child clung to him and another stood nearby.
i saw that--made me cry.
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Old 08-30-2005, 06:42 PM   #154
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Oh great, msnbc is now saying there might be a prison riot in New Orleans .
I had seen earlier this evening on CNN that they had to evacuate some prisoners from a prison there and they showed them all lined up sitting on what appeared to have been some kind on ramp to a road with a few guards walking up and down. When I saw that I was wondering if all would remain orderly. On CNN someone...I was within earshot of the tv said they hadnt confirmed the riot and hostages at the prison. I did hear where they were going to evacuate 2 prisons to other state prisons.
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I had seen earlier this evening on CNN that they had to evacuate some prisoners from a prison there and they showed them all lined up sitting on what appeared to have been some kind on ramp to a road with a few guards walking up and down. When I saw that I was wondering if all would remain orderly. On CNN someone...I was within earshot of the tv said they hadnt confirmed the riot and hostages at the prison. I did hear where they were going to evacuate 2 prisons to other state prisons.
Yeah, I haven't heard anything else about that, which is good.


msnbc had a video earlier of a dog sitting alone on a floating piece of rubble. I know it might seem silly to worry about that, but it reminds you that it's someone's pet, and then you start wondering where the family is . . .
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msnbc had a video earlier of a dog sitting alone on a floating piece of rubble. I know it might seem silly to worry about that, but it reminds you that it's someone's pet, and then you start wondering where the family is . . .
I hadn't thought of it in that way.
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My former colleague lost his home. He and his family live north of New Orleans in Slidell, LA.
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My former colleague lost his home. He and his family live north of New Orleans in Slidell, LA.
Chris Duhon (chicago bull) is from there. He has started a relief fund to help out his home town.
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Yeah, I haven't heard anything else about that, which is good.


msnbc had a video earlier of a dog sitting alone on a floating piece of rubble. I know it might seem silly to worry about that, but it reminds you that it's someone's pet, and then you start wondering where the family is . . .
Kelly, your concern about the dog is not silly at all. Unfortunately, the Red Cross has a policy not to allow pets in shelters. This policy MUST be revised, or if not, there should be a facility set up where people can bring pets along. In South Carolina, there is an old arena that has been set up as a shelter for people with pets when they've faced hurricanes. Every community prone to hurricanes should have several of these.

I watched the CBS Evening News tonight, and they showed a young woman returning to the site of her apartment complex in Biloxi, where about 30 people died. She was crying over her dog, Josie, who she had to leave behind.

People who don't have pets often don't realize how they touch your heart. They look to you for love and care, and for them to have to fend for themselves in a time of disaster...

I am going to contribute to this charity in the very near future: www.noahswish.org. They are going to travel to the hurricane-affected areas to rescue animals.
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two guys with AK47's opened fire on the police, a shoot out resulted and they fled to the french quarter

amazingly nobody was hurt

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I am going to contribute to this charity in the very near future: www.noahswish.org. They are going to travel to the hurricane-affected areas to rescue animals.
I don't mean to sound like an ass here, but shouldn't we be more concerned about rescuing human beings first?
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I don't mean to sound like an ass here, but shouldn't we be more concerned about rescuing human beings first?
Of course we should care about saving human beings, Dave. Caring about animals does not mean that you don't care about people. We should care about people AND animals.

That's what I think, anyway.
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Well I'm not saying we should abandon pets to their fate, but I'm saying that we should be helping our fellow homo sapiens out first. Then, and only then, should we shift the focus to animals.
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NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Army engineers raced to staunch rising floodwaters submerging historic New Orleans as helicopters plucked frantic survivors from rooftops and hundreds were feared dead on Tuesday after Hurricane Katrina tore across the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Authorities made plans to remove thousands of storm refugees from the Superdome stadium and other shelters in New Orleans and forged a bold scheme to airdrop giant sandbags to plug breaches in the city's protective levee system as water from Lake Pontchartrain poured into the city.

Looters struck, adding to the city's misery. They waded through flood water to ransack electronics stores, drugstores and supermarkets. They rolled carts full of merchandise and carried bundles and boxes of beer from downtown stores.

The economic cost of the hurricane could be the highest in U.S. history, as much as $26 billion, according to risk analysts' estimates.

"It looks like we've been nuked," said Hayes Bolton, 65, as he guarded the rubble of his pawn shop in Biloxi, Mississippi, near where the homes of his grandmother, mother and aunt were destroyed by the storm.

"This is just a tragedy. It makes you want to crawl in a hole."

As New Orleans coped with a flood, Mississippi grappled with the prospect that hundreds of people may have died when a 30-foot (9 metre) storm surge blasted ashore, a city spokesman said. Cadaver dogs were being brought in to help find the dead.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said there were reports of up to 80 dead in the Biloxi area, but U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the state's unofficial estimates were "probably way too low."

Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel told Reuters "It's going to be in the hundreds."

Rescuers struggled through high water and mountains of debris to reach areas crushed by Katrina when it struck the Gulf Coast on Monday. The storm inflicted catastrophic damage as it slammed into Louisiana with 140 mph (224 kph) winds, then raged into Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

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Across the region, hundreds of people climbed onto rooftops to escape the rising water that lapped at the eaves. They used axes, and in at least one case a shotgun, to blast holes in roofs so they could escape through the attics.

Police took boats into flooded areas to rescue some of the stranded and others were lifted off rooftops by helicopter. The Coast Guard helped rescue 1,200 in New Orleans on Monday night and thousands more all along the Gulf Coast on Tuesday.

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco urged residents to hold a day of prayer on Wednesday to "calm our spirits" and give thanks for survival. "The situation is untenable," she said. "It's just heartbreaking."

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin reported bodies floating in the floodwaters, which may have measured 20 feet (6 metres) deep in places.

Officials said a 3-foot (0.9-metre) shark had been spotted cruising the flooded streets.

"What I saw today is equivalent to what I saw flying over the tsunami in Indonesia. There are places that are no longer there," said Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana after flying over the damaged area.

New Orleans is a bowl-like city mostly below sea level and protected by levees or embankments. The levees gave way overnight in at least three places, including a 200-foot (60 metre) breach that allowed the lake waters to pour into the city centre.

The U.S. military planned to use helicopters to drop 3,000-pound (1,360-kg), gravel-filled sandbags into the breaches, the worst up to 20 feet (6 metre) deep. Authorities were also considering plugging the gap with shipping containers filled with sand.

Blanco said a plan was being developed to evacuate the Superdome, which had no electricity, and other shelters.

Governors in the stricken states called out more than 7,500 National Guard troops to help control looting, remove debris and deliver aid.

ABC News said the looters in New Orleans numbered in the thousands and carted away anything that was unguarded while a few overwhelmed police officers stood idly by.

In another area, a special weapons team showed up with machine guns prominently displayed in a show of force.

"This ain't no time for this kind of foolishness but people trapped, a lot of them hungry, they don't have no water, need medicine. I need insulin right now," a woman told ABC.

Four people were confirmed dead in St. Tammany Parish, east of New Orleans, a local official said.

Most of the deaths appear to have been caused by the storm surge, which swept as far as a mile (1.5 km) inland in parts of Mississippi.

"From the destruction I've seen, I think there'll be some people we never find," Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway said after a helicopter tour.

Biloxi Fire Captain Michael Thomas said an entire apartment complex collapsed and officials believed there are many bodies in the building. At a nearby cemetery, coffins drifted out of mausoleums. "Caskets are everywhere," he said.

Katrina dragged a casino as big as a football field 100 yards (metres) over a seafront street and set it down in a parking lot.

In Mississippi's Hancock County, emergency workers went from house to house and put black paint on those where people died, CNN said. They planned to return later to pick up the bodies.

PATH OF DESTRUCTION

Before striking the Gulf Coast, Katrina last week hit southern Florida and killed seven people.

It knocked out electricity to about 2.3 million customers, or nearly 5 million people, in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, utility companies said. Restoring power could take weeks, they warned.

The storm swept through oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico, source of 20 percent to 25 percent of U.S. production of the commodities. U.S. oil prices on Tuesday jumped $3.65 a barrel to peak at $70.85 as oil firms assessed damage.

Convoys of Humvees and military trucks streamed south on Interstate 65 through Alabama with loads of fuel and power generators. Special Forces boat crews were dispatched to conduct search and rescue operations in flooded communities.
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Insane...awful.

I was at school all day, the last news this morning was positive and then to come home to find out what a disaster it was.

And i havent even seen the news...just photos.
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