This was the fourth day of perhaps the greatest natural disaster in American history. These timed entries, taken from WWL-TV, are chronological proof of the first real action taken of any kind by the President of the United States related to the disaster, at 2PM Central Standard Time, Wednesday August 31st. The hurricane warnings and […]
The President arrived in Washington DC, finally ending his vacation, one hour ago. The emergency generators died for lack of fuel at Charity Hospital and Tulane Hospital in downtown New Orleans at about 8 o’clock this morning; both hospitals have their entrances and exits underwater.
New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004-
It appears that the money has been moved in the presidentâ€™s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose thatâ€™s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees canâ€™t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the […]
AP– In addition to what’s reported here, the generators have run out of fuel in Charity Hospital and Tulane Hospital. They are begging for evacuation (they have been asking for it since Monday night and it’s now Wednesday afternoon). Last night at midnight the Governor ordered the boat rescue teams, pulling people still waiting on […]
****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 […]
Times-Picayune blog, from exile in Houma
AP-New Orleans in “Desperation,” a rare use of the word in AP headlines
“We will do our best to make sure this draft fails at the referendum,” he told a joint news conference with the U.S. ambassador, referring to a nationwide vote on the text due by October 15.
One of Their Last Reports:
Special needs residents to be transferred to Baton Rouge 8:40 a.m. August 30 By Jan Moller Baton Rouge Bureau
About 500 “special needs” residents being sheltered at the Superdome will be transferred Tuesday to the Louisiana State University Field House, a spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Preparedness said.
Martial Law declared
Gov. Kathleen Blanco says the devastation being seen this morning “is greater than our worst fears.” She describes it as “totally overwhelming.” Blanco says there are no casualty figures yet, but that “many lives have been lost.”
Here is a large map of the New Orleans levee system defunded by Bush, which […]
A picture is emerging from the scattered reports that are coming in live to the cable tv channels. It appears to me that thousands of people, literally, are stranded in poor, predominantly black neighborhoods in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, and possibly other locations. Nighttime rescues are picking up very large boatloads of people from the […]