posted on Aug, 31 2005 @ 10:19 AM
Even now, two days after the hit, New Orleans is mostly underwater (with about 80% of the city flooded, and as deep as 20' in some areas). And, the
water is RISING...as efforts to fix the levees have failed, and pumping stations can't handle the flow. The nightmare scenario is coming to pass.
Rescuers are pushing through floating dead bodies to reach survivors (currently stated death tolls are just confirmed bodies, there will be MUCH MUCH
more), and many are still trapped on rooftops and in attics.
Swamp critters are now in downtown NO, and rioting/looting are going to continue to be a problem today. The shelter of last resort, the SuperDome, is
even being evacuated by boat, helicopter, and when possible Nat. Guard vehicles.
Even the mayor is conceding that the city is basically lost. Even IF the idea is to rebuild, it will take a LONG time to get the water out, the place
cleaned up, and then new construction, and all with no guarantees this won't happen again. I'd hate to see those new insurance rates!
Then we've got the impact on ALL of us in the US. Higher gas prices. If you didn't know already, NO is one of our major import ports, and refining
areas. I'd fully expect $3 a gallon for gas by the holiday weekend, as the norm.