New Orleans media quote of the night

“Estimates have been made of tens of thousands of deaths from flooding that could overrun the levees and turn New Orleans into a 30-foot-deep toxic lake filled with chemicals and petroleum from refineries, and waste from ruined septic systems.” – AP

I remember a couple of years ago reading an article about New Orleans ongoing water problem – essentially, New Orleans has flooding issues even in the best of times – but it looks like Katrina is really going to put it to the test.

New Orleans is effectively a giant bowl that runs six to twelve feet below sea level. Estimates at the moment are that there are 100,000 people inside who have no means of escape.

A few hours ago it also occurred to me – several highways & roads out of the area are in absolute gridlock – what is going to happen to all the people stuck in their cars when this crazy bitch comes through? Especially those sitting out there on those low bridges and such – it’s not going to be a good situation.

I hope the worst does not materialize, but this is the most sensationally-worded weather bulletin I’ve ever read.

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