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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
By Steven L. Taylor

Via WWL TV/the AP: Hospital Conditions in New Orleans Worsen

and

Water Continues to Rise in New Orleans

According this story the estimate to get all of the water out of the city is a full month.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Laurel from Slidell, LA started a blog to describe her family’s exodus and, I think, for some catharsis.

Certainly this shows the power of blogs and the internet to share the stories of real people in a way that was never before possible.

I can’t imagine the wait to find out if one’s home was destroyed. Indeed, the overall scope of this tragedy is mind-numbing. Just the New Orleans metora area alone represents hundreds of thousands of persons without homes or jobs.

There is going to be a Blogospheric effort tomorrow, as suggested by Hugh Hewitt to start rasing money for the victims of Katrina–I will have more information on that later today.

Thanks to Bill, The Pundit Guy for the e-mail tip.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
By Steven L. Taylor

Also, WWL TV has a blog with updates as they come.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Apparently, the levee problem is not solved. According to the WWLTV web site, the problem is about to worsen:

****ALL RESIDENTS ON THE EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN THE METRO AREA ARE BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE AS EFFORTS TO SANDBAG THE LEVEE BREAK HAVE ENDED. THE PUMPS IN THAT AREA ARE EXPECTED TO FAIL SOON AND 9 FEET OF WATER IS EXPECTED IN THE ENTIRE EAST BANK. WITHIN THE NEXT 12-15 HOURS****

h/t: to reader Bill K.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Many may have noticed the outages here at PoliBlog (and other Hosting Matters sites like OTB–which appears to still be down) over the last two days.

One reason was something to do with AT&T, that may have had something to do with Katrina.

The problems late this afternoon appear to have been the result of a massive Denial of Service attack on HM.

Details (for those who may care) are here: Hosting Matters Emergency Support Forum – Network issues.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Matt’s Mother-in-Law is well. He was finally able to get through to the nursing home.

I am very pleased to hear it.

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By Steven L. Taylor

With the break in the levees, what was dry this morning (see pic here) is now flooded:


Source: the AP

The picture linked from Pros and Cons was, according to info I saw on Yahoo News, posted around 2pm yesterday. The picture above was posted to the web within the last four hours.

Update: According to Fox News, officials have been able to significantly slow the flow of water through the damaged levees. Officials estimate 2 weeks to drain all the water from the city, 2 months to fully restore power and over 2 months before schools can reopen.

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By Steven L. Taylor

So much for the Quarter remaining dry. CNN has video which shows the results of the levee breaks. One report showed water up to the windows of parked cars on near the hotels on Common Street.

Also, there is a remarkable video of the destruction to the I-10 twin span across Lake Pontchatrain.

Amazing.

Go to CNN’s home page for the links.

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By Steven L. Taylor

According to a breaking story at ABC News Online, Governor Blanco has ordered the complete evacuation of New Orleans.

Remarkable.

It would appear that the waters are continuing to rise.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Katrina from space.

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