posted on Aug, 29 2005 @ 01:07 PM
NYTImes is reporting that one levee may have been breached and that the water level in some parishes may have swelled to heights over rooftops. Also,
several key local government buildings have been submerged:
"Water levels are expected to reach about eight feet, but officials say drinking water may already be contaminated. Lt. Col. Pete Schneider of the
Louisiana National Guard said there had been hundred of reports, not yet confirmed, about levees being overtaken or floodwaters reaching over the
roofs of houses. He said the soonest and safest time that state officials might be able to survey damage along coastal Louisiana could be Tuesday
In the greater New Orleans area, Louisiana officials are trying to respond to reports in civil divisions known as parishes. A Republican state
senator, Walter J. Boasso, said that in St. Bernard Parish, the government building had been flooded up to the second floor and that the 911 center
was completely submerged.
"In Plaquemines and Terrebonne, officials were trying to check on commercial fishermen who had decided to ride out the storm in their boats. "Mr.
Boasso said that about 60 boats were prepared for search and rescue operations, but that officials were waiting for better weather conditions. "My
biggest concern is the loss of life," he said. "We have a lot of people down there hiding in their attics, and I don't know if we will get to them
fast enough." '