A spokeswoman describes Jefferson Parish as a "very dangerous" place. Jackie Bauer says there's gas leaks everywhere, water needs to be boiled, there's no commercial power, no pumping stations and the water's toxic. And there's still some deep water in some neighborhoods. Bauer says there are other dangers -- snakes in the water, other vermin, loose dogs and cats everywhere. She says -- quoting now -- "We kind of have to fight for survival with them."
Rescuers in boats and helicopters are furiously searching for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans, residents who had ridden out the brunt of Katrina faces another, delayed threat: rising water. Failed pumps and levees are sending water from Lake Pontchartrain coursing through the streets today in the Big Easy, which sits mostly below sea level.
Rising water forced one New Orleans hospital to move patients to the Louisiana Superdome, where some 10,000 people had taken shelter. In downtown New Orleans, streets that were relatively clear in the hours after the storm now are filled with one to one-and-a-half feet of water. Canal Street is literally a canal and officials say water is lapping at the edge of the French Quarter.