Governor Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana, choking back tears,has announced that the city of New Orleans must beevacuated. In a press conference called half an hour ago,she described the situation as “untenable” and announcedthat everybody in all the rescue centers in the city wouldbe removed, as well as all residents and nonessentialgovernmental personnel.
Two levee breaches Tuesday have caused the city to fill withwater. The storm also burst a major water main, and NewOrleans is without drinkable water. The power is out and itcould be weeks before it is restored. The water filling thecity is full of garbage, the carcasses of drowned animals,and unknown quantities and types of toxic waste.