It’s hard to wake up to this but I am sure much harder to actually be there.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hospitals across the city faced deteriorating conditions Tuesday after two levees broke, sending water coursing through the streets of the Big Easy. An estimated 80 percent of the below-sea-level city was under water, up to 20 feet deep in places, with miles and miles of homes swamped.

As floodwaters rose around Charity Hospital, the rescuers needed their own rescuing.
Charity’s backup generator was running out of diesel fuel. Nurses hand-pumped ventilators for patients who couldn’t breathe. Doctors canoed supplies in from three nearby hospitals.


“It’s like being in a Third World country. We’re trying to work without power. Everyone knows we’re all in this together. We’re just trying to stay alive,” said Mitch Handrich, a registered nurse manager at the state’s biggest public hospital.


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