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I was watching Good Morning America this morning and heard them announce that Katrina was now the worst natural disaster in the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Those who were victims of the tsunami that hit Indonesia back in December had flashbacks of the terror they lived through as they watched tv and saw images of damage done by Katrina.

Seems like things are going to get worse before they get any better:


Governor: Everyone Must Leave New Orleans
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS - The governor of Louisiana says everyone needs to leave New Orleans due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina. "We've sent buses in. We will be either loading them by boat, helicopter, anything that is necessary," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. Army engineers trying to plug New Orleans' breached levees struggled to move giant sandbags and concrete barriers into place, and the governor said Wednesday the situation was growing more desperate and there was no choice but to abandon the flooded city.

"The challenge is an engineering nightmare," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

As the waters continued to rise in New Orleans, the Pentagon began mounting one of the biggest search-and-rescue operations in U.S. history, sending four Navy ships to the Gulf Coast with drinking water and other emergency supplies, along with the hospital ship USNS Comfort, search helicopters and eight swift-water rescue teams. Red Cross workers from across the country converged on the devastated region.



Reports indicate that about 25,000 evacuees are expected to be bused in to Houston, to be sheltered in the Astrodome.

Today's online version of the Advocate has a listing of contacts and numbers to call if you want to provide help for victims of Katrina.

I know there are some residents of Louisiana in our city as well, waiting and wondering if anything is left of their homes. Let's be sure to show them some hospitality.