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Death Toll Climbs Along With Gas Prices After Katrina

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It is no secret the damage Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans. With water levels in some parts of town reaching 20 feet, it is swamped.

But let’s talk about Mississippi, as it seems to have received the brunt of Katrina’s force. 80 people have died in a single county, Harrison, home to Biloxi and Gulfport. The force of Katrina killed 30 people in one Biloxi apartment complex alone.

So why the possibility of a death toll that is possibly in the hundreds, according to Vincent Creel, a municipal spokesman? The coast was battered with a 30-foot “storm surge” or wave.

This leaves it impossible to get an accurate death count this early in the aftermath. Many places, including New Orleans, have floodwaters carrying dead bodies. Two dams are broken, allowing water from Lake Pontchartrain to continue flooding into New Orleans. Authorities have also found the need to declare Martial Law to help thwart looting.

Many cities along Katrina’s path are seeing damages that make them compare the hurricane to recent tsunamis. Because the path was along some low lying areas, flooding is everywhere leaving this to possibly be the United State’s most costly natural disaster for insurance companies.

For those not living along the path of this deadly hurricane, the effects will still be felt. Gas prices have climbed once again reaching a new record of $70.85 a barrel. This increase is due to the oil and gas fields in the Gulf Of Mexico that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

If this damage isn’t enough, weather centers have told people to remain alert. Tornados are a common aftermath of such large hurricanes.

For more information please see other posts on Blogcritics, or check out such sorces as BBC, The National Hurricane Center, or see what Google News has picked up.

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  • Nancy

    This is because the MSM have all be yipping & baying about New Orleans, & ignoring everywhere else, so the people of MS & AL got caught unawares – also they should have been refugeein’ along w/everyone else. It would seem the governors of MS & AL are either stupid or incompetent or both.

  • Stuart

    I’m from Baton Rouge, LA. I believe that people from MS and AL were aware. I called a friend of mine from Gulfport on Sunday to make sure he wasn’t trying to stay. He and his family had already relocated to Louisiana. Hurricanes are very common, but they are not normally this bad. Unfortunately there are usually alot of people that stay to “ride out” the storm.

  • Danielle

    I have gone through and read all of this forum before making this statement.

    Educated, guesstimating, reading papers, watching CNN, have or have not been there…None of this matters to these people suffering!
    Let us all get to the point..HELP! Help these people…send something whether it be a care package, money, housing or prayers…do something but dopnt send negative messages of hate and dicrimination!

    By all means growing up lower middle class (if that) in the Bronx I certainly do not live behind rose colored glasses but, looking at my 1 year old I can not imagine people being so senseless to bring up anyhting about this issue besides the need for human compassion and aid.

    Lets leave our politcal views/opinions at the polls and bring our love for our brothers and sisters in the south up and above this nd send out some love…PLEASE!

  • Mike

    The death toll of this storm in the greater New Orleans area will likely exceed 10,000. They have already pulled out over 5,000 bodies in St. Bernard Parish, but for some reason, government officials are covering this information up.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    The government’s not covering up the death toll, there’s just so much other bad news that counting bodies is taking a backseat for now. How much are you hearing about Mississippi, for example? Whole towns there have been destroyed with thousands more casualties. The Mississippi coast got hit harder than New Orleans, it just doesn’t have the lingering problems associated with flooding. You should see the pictures from Biloxi – like nothing I’ve seen short of an atomic bomb test.

    Dave

  • Mike

    Dave –

    I’ve seen lots of pictures of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I was just in Biloxi 3 weeks ago and you’re right – it looks like a bomb went off. Why anyone who lived near Gulfport or Biloxi would stay for a Category 4 Hurricane is really insane. But the death toll in New Orleans is going to be staggering. Much greater than 9-11.
    My point wasn’t about who got hit harder – clearly the entire Gulf Coast is devasted. But the loss of life in the greater New Orleans area will be steep.

    Many people don’t understand the importance the region plays in the entire national economy. The Port of New Orleans and the Port of South Louisiana are vital to the nation. And as you can see, Louisiana plays a key role in oil drilling and refining.

  • Harry Yohe

    I spoke to my friends in Slidell, Louisiana and with the exception of some roof damage and downed trees, they are doing fine. They are operating off of generators and the neighborhood has banded together to begin cleaning up debris, trees, patching roofs, etc. They are in good spirits.

  • http://indemnification.blogspot.com -E

    Harry- That is good to hear. Positive stories like that seem to get hidden during a lot of disaster aftermath. It is always good to hear about people helping each other out and doing well.

  • Jason

    My heart and prayers goes out to those people and they’re famlies.
    Im terrified that this will be possibly be the coffin nail in this country’s economy. Am I the only one afraid that this could throw us right into a depression or does anyone think well make it through without it getting much worse?

  • PRECIOUS

    HI I WOULD LOVE TO HELP IF THERES ANY WAY I CAN HAVE SOME INFORMATION

  • http://www.redcross.org dave

    >HI I WOULD LOVE TO HELP IF THERES ANY WAY I CAN HAVE SOME INFORMATION

    go to http://www.redcross.org

    then click “make an online donatio” at the top of the page.

    It’s easy. Everyone should take a moment and do it. Tell your freinds you did it and invite them to do the same.

  • Andrea Bond

    hi im from sauicer, mississippi. And i would like to tell you that most everyone has power but yes many have died. We are thankful for all the people who are helping us in everyway.
    Well i dont know how were gonna get though this but i know we can try our best and thanks to all the people who care. Andrea Bond