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Well, I'm sure those evacuees will be glad to know that while they face possible starvation, at least Saddam Hussein is no longer in power and President Bush today took a whole 2 days off of his 35 day vacation to focus like a laser beam on a disaster that we were all focusing on 5 days ago.

We have no food or water for the evacuees. Says emergency workers have seized the food and water and drinks from Sam's Club, Wal-Mart and other groceries for evacuees, but he said that is all gone. Says water supply is gone. More water expected, but its not there right now. Says evacuees are getting upset and harried.

"Director Walter Maestri: FEMA and national agencies not delivering the help nearly as fast as it is needed.

"Director Walter Maestri: Evacuees from New Orleans and the east bank of Jefferson are flocking to the west bank, overwhelming the facilities. "

It also reports: "Roving bands of looters are breaking into stores in Carrollton area to get food and supplies. They've also stolen guns and armed themselves."

The Times-Picayune noted that Maestri made the above comments "tearfully," pleading for help.
And Rob notes:

The Governor was just on the WWL feed and said that there has been massive communications failures. They have satellite phones which can call Washington, but can't call Baton Rouge.

It's just a complete breakdown of emergency management - a complete federal failure. Watch the WWL TV feed to hear more.

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