I speculate that the situation in New Orleans is a bit worse than most people are currently led to believe (understandably, the Newspapers and TV Networks are probably a bit cautious about painting too grim a picture). Although this is just hearsay, it comes by way of a source that I believe to be reliable:
"(from New Orleans)...First off, they expect the death count to be in the tens of thousands...People went to their attics, and unless they had an axe to cut their way out, they drowned, or are stuck...At morgues and cemeteries bodies are being pulled up, and there are just floods of bodies floating everywhere.... Its so bad, that the rescue crews have a system where they go house to house, and in the houses where everyone is dead, they paint black over the door. Houses with survivors get a red mark...The looting is out of control. Gun and hunting stores are being broken into. People are shooting at police, and now are so desperate, even HOSPITALS are being looted for food and water...There have been SHARK sightings in the streets... And, there are real alligator or poison snake problems as well (Water Mocassins I guess)...The water that is flooding the city has become diseased from all the death and sewage, causing other sickness and possible death, as well as death from the 100 degree weather and humidity...All gas and electricity is off. people are sleeping on the highways...50% of New Orleans is uninsured...People are running out of food and water, and have no cars or gas to get to places WITH such things...A lot of the outlying areas are stuck and those people cant get out because too many trees have fallen on the roads."