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for this report:
Nagin details latest storm damage
by Melinda Deslatte,
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Tuesday that the
city might need to set up a temporary morgue to deal with
the death toll in a city that's 80 percent flooded, food and
water are scarce and an atmosphere of lawlessness has set in
as police and other emergency resources are dedicated to
rescuing people still stuck in their homes after Hurricane
That's not all. Three levees have been
broken, flooding areas of the city that appeared to survive
the storm. A 50-inch water main under City Park is cut. And
power is running out at the Superdome, where some 15,000 to
20,000 people took refuge at the “shelter of last resort.”
At Charity Hospital, which hosts the city's top trauma
center, the flood levels got too high foor ambulances to get
in or out.
“Charity Hospital is in a crisis,” Nagin
said. He estimated it would take as long as two weeks to
clear out the floodwaters once the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers fixes the levees.
Also, Municipal Yacht
Harbor burned to the ground. And looting has become so
widespread that it's sometimes taking place in full view of
police and other emergency workers who are busy searching
for any survivors in need of rescue. PLURPLURPLURPLUR
addicts have been looting pharmacies, Nagin said.
There are no official death tolls, but it's expected
to be steep. At this point, “Rescue workers are not even
dealing with dead bodies. They're just pushing them to the
side,” Nagin said.