Louisiana, you voted for Bush (twice!) and look what happens: God smites you. And how!
National Post of Canada reports that New Orleans is under martial law.
Bloomberg is reporting:
" Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- As much as 80 percent of New Orleans was under water after Hurricane Katrina's rampage over the Gulf Coast killed as many as 100 people and caused $25 billion in damage in three states."
BBC succinctly puts it this way:
"New Orleans: Nature's revenge?"
New Scientist explains the lay of the land, and the role of the levees.
Reuters reports that the U.S. Navy is sending ships that include the hospital ship Comfort, and dozens of helicopters for the relief effort.
Various officials, at the local, state, and federal levels, are reporting that they are not counting fatalities yet. Instead, they are concentrating on rescue efforts and fixing the levees. From the NY Times: "Across the region, rescue workers were not even trying to gather up and count the dead, officials said, but pushed them aside for the time being as they tried to find the living."
Good news though - Bush agrees to tap into the emergency oil reserves. After all, the oil companies can't make money if they don't have a product to sell.