First it was going to be apocalyptic. Then it seemed as if New Orleans had dodged a bullet. But in the light of the day after Hurricane Katrina blew through, it appears that New Orleans is a city in trouble. Most of the problems are a result of the flooding. As you know by now, New Orleans is a city below sea level. It is protected from the Gulf waters by a series of levees. The levees were overwhelmed in the storm.
A plan is being worked on to order the complete evacuation of the city. It is said that it will be weeks, if not months, before people can return to their homes, if indeed they have any homes left to return to. There is no power, and no water. Firefighters are unable to reach fires because of the floodwaters. Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless. The Superdome, which has been the shelter of last refuge for thousands of people, is going to be closed due to a lack of food and water.
Not to be forgotten while the focus is on New Orleans is the terrible devastation to areas on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama.
The death toll will no doubt rise much higher than what we’re aware of so far. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of the Gulf. The American Red Cross is on the scene, as they always are. Please think about making a donation through their website.
Update: It is now being reported that 80% of the city of New Orleans is underwater.