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Frequent commentor James sends this:

From an emergency notice put on the TV station’s web site, which mirrors a bulletin they just had on TV (I’m watching online):
****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 HOURS****>>
As all of us native Louisianians know, the "entire East bank" constitutes all of New Orleans, Metairie, etc.
The question of New Orleans’ survival as a city was in some question an hour ago. Now, I think the question may have been answered. New Orleans will not be habitable for a very long time, and then only after the expenditure of unfathomable treasure.
May God have mercy. Lord have mercy. I am out of words for prayer other than that. Lord have mercy.
I think I am going to go cry now.
I’m not there, and all I know is what I watch on television and read on the web, but I have this terrible feeling that what Katrina started human beings are going to finish off tonight and afterwards, unless the military gets in there, totally and fast.
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