Hundreds, Maybe Thousands Dead in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mayor Ray Nagin says Hurricane Katrina probably killed thousands of people in New Orleans. He says there's a significant number of dead bodies in the water and others dead in attics.

When asked how many -- Nagin replied -- "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands."

The frightening prediction came as Army engineers struggled to plug New Orleans' breached levees with giant sandbags and concrete barriers.

Authorities are also working on plans to move some 25,000 storm refugees out of the city to Houston in a huge bus convoy and all but abandon flooded-out New Orleans. Governor Kathleen Blanco says the situation is desperate and there's no choice but to clear out.

Nagin says it will at least two or three months before the city has electricity, restaurants won't be able to open and there won't be any commerce.

Early this morning, water started flowing out of the city out of one break. Nagin says this will be the main way to drain the city. Once the water goes down, federal officials can resume pumping at the 17th Street Canal. He says that will clear Interstate Ten.