Talk:At least 55 killed by Hurricane Katrina; serious flooding across affected region

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Congrats on this storyEdit

Really well done story, Dan100, imo. I will try to start a new story re; new developments.One LSU reesearcher says the flood waters are full of toxic chemicals and raw sewage. This area houses 25% of the US's oil processing/refining capacity + loads of biochemical companies. Paulrevere2005 13:17, 30 August 2005 (UTC)

Thank you Dan100 (Talk) 17:40, August 30, 2005 (UTC)

News being sanitized by major media?Edit;_ylt=Ai8CF68g5HcxiqcdnpbdrrPZa7gF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3bGk2OHYzBHNlYwN0bXA-

I was pretty surprized when I saw the scenes on LOCAL Buffalo tv this AM; Film footage done yesterday afternoon. Much more alarming that what I'd seen on CNN all day yesterday. In our article it says;The mayor of the city has described seeing "bodies floating in the water." yet there was none of that on CNN; in fact as of right now CNN is still saying there are no confirmed deaths in Louisiana. The more terrible aspects on the local Buffalo reporting was the cries for help being heard and reported throughout yesterday afternoon coming from hundreds of people trapped inside of their own roasting hot atticks and the cavalier comments that it was too dangerous for responders to get to the victims; where are all these macho white men who like war? Getting in a rowboat and rescuing kids is too dangeous for them it seems. The Buffalo reporters down there had film of entire neighborhoods with water up to the roofs and some people, yesterday, having been able to break through their roofs to get out on top...but usually you need an axe to do that. I am not happy with the way government has handled this. I was disgusted late Sunday hearing the head of the Louisiana Highway Patrol saying that he had warned his sister the day before(Sat) that a mandatory evacuation "was coming" so she was able to beat the crowd and get to Tallahassee on Saturday. There never was a mandatory evacuation for Biloxi, [Actually, there was Dan100 (Talk)] I don't think, and besides, a lot of the dirt poor black Americans simply don't have the money to get out of town. It takes money or a car to get up and go with a family of 4 or 5 kids....those people were just left to drown,imo. Only in America would you have absolutely no plan for evacuating and housing the people who don't have the money to do it themselves [I, too, was rather suprised at this Dan100 (Talk)]. The mayor of Biloxi was on TV saying "don't come here; there's no room at the Inn" while he was standing in front of completely empty,well constructed 5 star hotels. And then ,to top it off, multiple fedeeral and state politicians blaming the victims for "not heeding the warnings"...a warning that came very,very late and in some places,not at all. And I saw no signs at all of our National Guard and all of their expensive/state of the art rescue equipment out there trying to rescue black American children. I hate to think what the eventual body count will be; if it is ever reported ,that is. Shame on America. Paulrevere2005 12:23, 30 August 2005 (UTC)

I think a lot of why the media coverage is quite confused is that communications in the area are completely screwed - you can't even get a satellite uplink in a storm, so you have to drive to somewhere with a working landline to get your pictures out.
I bet a lot of local tv stations are also busy negotiating their fees for selling footage to the bigger networks too... Dan100 (Talk) 17:43, August 30, 2005 (UTC)

Times as well as datesEdit

This kind of breaking story begs to have timestamps on article citations, and maybe on the final published story itself. Something to consider... Sj 18:23, 30 August 2005 (UTC)

Major Flood pumps have failedEdit

Major New Orleans floodpumps have failed, which means the floodwaters are expected to rise an addtional nine feet from their current level; I'm not sure if this should be added to one of our existing articles or put in a new "aftermath" article, so I'll leave it to the more senior editors

I think it's more than appropriate to add it to this article, which is about flooding. Never hesitate to be bold!  ;) -- NGerda 03:10, August 31, 2005 (UTC)

Where's the nation's leader? Where's President Bush?Edit

Still waiting for our President to show up (leaders should lead maybe? this situation needs to have someone in control giving orders); you'd think this would be the time a real kick-ass commander(if he really is one) would be of some use? The mayor said there is no coordination among the agencies and you can see that on your tv with the levee breeches widening by the hour and absolutely noone around trying to plug the breeches. The mayor says that noone can find a helicopter to use to drop the huge bags of gravel typically used and noone can find a barge to use to plug the hole. No one can get an aircraft carrier or cruise boat in to help the people get out. It's now 100 degrees inside the superdome with 20,000 people and NO WORKING TOILETS. The water is still rising; 15 feet throughout the city now.Desperation is setting in.I'm not surprised at all by this big government f___up; in fact I predicted it before the hurricane even hit;[[1]]. These people are poor AND black...not the Palm Beach/Boca Raton crowd...and this is not a "battleground" state. Our Whitehouse couldn't care less,imo. Paulrevere2005 12:11, 31 August 2005 (UTC)

I don't think writing here what I think of America now would be a very good idea. Suffice to say that I am really, really, not impressed. Dan100 (Talk) 21:18, September 2, 2005 (UTC)
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