I am completely transfixed by the scene in New Orleans, and it's just so hard to think about my own trip to England today. I've got the news playing in the background, and I'm listening to an interview about a guy who used to work in the yacht club (that burned down) who escaped from the projects with his wife and kids and neighbors by blowing up swimming pools and paddling themselves to safety.
(Incidentally, growing up I thought my own father was a version of Superman who could get us out any potentially dangerous situation. He could lead us out of the tangled woods if we got lost while hiking. My sister and I once replied in unison to someone's question about my dad's driving, that it was okay if he drove fast "because he's a good driver." I honestly cannot remember a single situation where it appeared my father did not have things completely under control. Now can you imagine if your house was being flooded and your father created makeshift boats out of your swimming pools and brought you to safety? I don't think anything would ever top that awe.)
For anyone else interested in following the New Orleans news (who isn't already doing this online themselves), the stations listed below have video feeds of constant coverage and it's thousands of times better than anything you'll find on the cable news networks. For example, rather than incensed reporters showing the same footage of looting over and over again, they report on the worsening condition of the breached wall of the 17th Street Canal and they're actually concerned about the fact that FEMA didn't get the sandbags in place that might have stopped the majority of the flooding. (Actually, I do see some of that coverage on the national news today, but it's not very detailed and this information was known over twelve hours ago. If I hadn't already, I've totally lost faith in any of the cable news networks to provide any actual news.)
It's so sad. I just hope that they figure something out soon because the flooding is expected to get much worse, and I imagine that the condition of the levee walls is deteriorating.