Friday, September 02, 2005
The Collapse of New Orleans
"Trapped in an Arena of Suffering," by Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times, 1 September 2005, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-superdome1sep01,0,4489032.story?coll=la-home-headlines (from Drudge Report).
At least two people, including a child, have been raped. At least three people have died, including one man who jumped 50 feet to his death, saying he had nothing left to live for.
The hurricane left most of southern Louisiana without power, and the arena, which is in the central business district of New Orleans, was not spared. The air conditioning failed immediately and a swampy heat filled the dome.
An emergency generator kept some lights on, but quickly failed. Engineers have worked feverishly to keep a backup generator running, at one point swimming under the floodwater to knock a hole in the wall to install a new diesel fuel line. But the backup generator is now faltering and almost entirely submerged.
There is no sanitation. The stench is overwhelming. The city's water supply, which had held up since Sunday, gave out early Wednesday, and toilets in the Superdome became inoperable and began to overflow.
"There is feces on the walls," said Bryan Hebert, 43, who arrived at the Superdome on Monday. "There is feces all over the place."
What a bunch of idiots staying there!
Posted by: smart | Wednesday, September 07, 2005
While I do not judge those who stayed in an effort to protect property, you do raise a good point about personal responsibility. Take a game, take the risk.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Wednesday, September 07, 2005