Melody Kokoszka, NPR
Map showing the reach of hurricane-force winds from Katrina. (Enlargement shows details of the storm's effects.)
Map showing the reach of hurricane-force winds from Katrina. (Enlargement shows details of the storm's effects.) Melody Kokoszka, NPR
Much of New Orleans was under water in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
A family waits for the water to recede in the Treme area of New Orleans, Aug. 29, 2005.
New Orleans faces rising floodwaters from breaches in at least two of the city's flood control levees. Mayor C. Ray Nagin estimated that 80 percent of the city was underwater.
Rescuers were plucking residents from rooftops and by Tuesday evening the city was making plans to evacuate the more than 10,000 people who had sought refuge in the Superdome.
The city of New Orleans says the water is unsafe to drink without boiling, and most of the city was without power or telephone. Hospitals in New Orleans were also evacuating patients.
The city of New Orleans says the water is unsafe to drink without boiling.
An estimated 370,000 customers were without power in southeast Louisiana, and the number was expected to rise during the day. Officials say it may be as long as two months before all power is restored.
Rescuers searched for survivors along the Gulf Coast as the damage from Hurricane Katrina continued to worsen a full day after the massive storm passed through the region. There are reports that dozens of people died in the hurricane, which came ashore with 145-mph winds.
As rescuers search for survivors, officials say at least 100 people have died in Harrison County. Maj. Rodney McGilverry of the Biloxi Police Department puts Biloxi's death toll at up to 40. At least 800,000 customers are without power.
The storm swept sailboats onto city streets in Gulfport and obliterated hundreds of waterfront homes, businesses, community landmarks and condominiums. More than 1,600 members of the Mississippi National Guard have been activated.
Approximately 8,500 people were staying in 79 shelters around the state.
More than 790,000 people across the state were without power, and more than 5,300 were housed in shelters, according to an emergency official.
Floodwaters in Mobile reached more than 11 feet and a major bridge over the Mobile River was closed, struck by a detached oil-drilling platform.
Millions are without power and thousands are in shelters. Meanwhile, the storm's effects, which shut down oil platforms and refineries, are expected to boost already-high gasoline prices.