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“Much of Gulf Coast Is Crippled”…

"Much of Gulf Coast Is Crippled"...

For those who have somehow missed, avoided or ignored coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the stories and images being broadcast and blogged tonight are staggering. In the severely damaged regions of the Gulf Coast, including New Orleans, Biloxi, and numerous small towns: massive flooding and waters rising, dead bodies stashed aside to be dealt with later, people living on the roof’s of their homes waiting for rescue, looting at gunpoint, and inmates taking hostages at a prison. The damage is clearly worse than had been expected yesterday.

According to a report tonight, as many as 1 million people may now be homeless as a result of the damage throughout the region.

A breaking news blog from the staff of the local New Orleans’ Times-Picayune newspaper is offering continual updates from a paper staff forced to relocate to another area and posting its news via the blog…

According to the blog, some residents are chastising civic leaders in New Orleans, and the mayor there admitted today that workers failed to execute a key preparedness plan that would have dropped sandbags on levees to hopefully prevent the massive flooding now taking place.

Earlier in the day, as flood waters rose to knee-deep levels along Poydras Street, the city

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