Thursday, September 01, 2005

Nightmare in New Orleans

Here's the latest:

National Guard troops by the thousands moved into this storm-ravaged city today as state and local officials struggled to reverse a growing sense of anarchy sparked by reports of armed looters, bodies floating untouched in stagnant floodwaters, and food and water supplies dwindling for thousands of trapped and desperate residents...

With New Orleans 80 percent under water, officials are just beginning the process of moving 20,000 or so refugees overflowing from the Superdome to Houston, even as other residents in the city were still being rescued from their water-logged neighborhoods. There were numerous reports - and rumors - of fights and disorder in the streets, worsened by unreliable communications. But there was no doubt that people were becoming more desperate as food and clean water ran out.

As I catch glimpses on TV today of what's going on in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, and as I follow the story more closely online at various news sites and blogs, I realize that there's really not much I can add here at The Reaction. There will be time for commentary and analysis in the days, weeks, and months ahead, but, for now, I'll keep linking to interesting and informative articles/posts and offer brief observations, though I'll also keep posting on non-Katrina-related items.

***Please add a comment or e-mail me directly if you come across any stories that you think need to be reported or that you think are of particular interest. The major news outlets and the top blogs are doing some excellent work, but smaller stories may be receiving less attention.***

At Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds provides an ever-expanding list of charities that are supporting the relief effort. Have a look and do what you can.

See here for the latest news from The Times-Picayune. Lead stories:

Stay tuned for more.

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