How to Check on Family Members in
Flooded Louisiana and Mississippi
August 31st 2005
Flooding in New
On Wednesday New
Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Hurricane Katrina may have killed
thousands of people in the city. "We know there is a significant
number of dead bodies in the water," and other people dead in
attics, Nagin told reporters. When asked how many, he said:
"Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands."
estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people had remained in the city during
the Hurricane. . Between 15,000 and 20,000 people sought refuge in
the Superdome, where broken toilets and the humidity made life
miserable. He said that 14,000 to 15,000 could be evacuated per day
The Pentagon is
mounting one of the largest search-and-rescue operations in US
history. They have sent four Navy ships to the Gulf Coast with
drinking water and other emergency supplies. The hospital ship USNS
Comfort has been dispatched along with helicopters and elite SEAL
disaster struck, we have been contacted by concerned family members.
There are a few places to turn to get info. You can call the Red
Cross at 1-866-get-info (1-866-438-4636) or you can contact the
Salvation Army online by
clicking here. Federal officials say the best way to help with
the hurricane recovery efforts is by donating money to relief
organizations. For donations you can also call the Red Cross
directly at 1-800-Help Now (1-800-435-7669) or the Salvation Army at
1-800-Sal-Army (1-800-725-2769). You can also check
The Next Of Kin Registry is available
This is likely
to be the US Red Cross’s largest disaster relief operation ever.
The death toll has reached 110 people in Mississippi alone. An
unknown number have perished in Louisiana where they have not even
begun to count the dead.
Two levees broke
and spilled water into the city of New Orleans Tuesday. This
swamped an estimated 80 percent of the bowl shaped city that is
below sea level. As the water rose, many residents sought refuge in
their attics. Some residents were able to climb onto their roof.
will be uninhabitable for weeks or maybe months. "We are looking at
12 to 16 weeks before people can come in," Nagin said on ABC's
Good Morning America, "and the other issue that's concerning me
is we have dead bodies in the water. At some point in time the dead
bodies are going to start to create a serious disease issue."
Marshal Law was
declared for the city as looters began robbing stores. Many of the
windows had already been broken by the Hurricane, and those that
weren’t were broken by the lawbreakers. Hundreds of people have been
wondering aimlessly up and down Interstate 10. Parts of the
Interstate have been washed out.
Kathleen Blanco said "The logistical problems are impossible and we
have to evacuate people in shelters," the governor said. "It's
becoming untenable. There's no power. It's getting more difficult to
get food and water supplies in, just basic essentials."
The Army Corp of
Engineers is already working on a 150 yard gap of the levee that
separates Lake Pontchartrain from the city. The top priority is to
rescue the trapped residents first, and the city must be evacuated
as quickly as possible.
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