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The news out of New Orleans is perversely getting worse instead of better; a two-block long breach in the levee surrounding Lake Pontchartrain resulted in water pouring into the city since late yesterday. According to Governor Kathleen Blanco, reports have flood water levels at five feet in downtown New Orleans, and as high as 12 feet in East New Orleans, the 9th Ward, and St. Bernard Parish.

There are also reports of bodies floating in the flood waters, though there are as yet no confirmed deaths there. And hundreds of people may yet be trapped in their attics, unable to escape or to draw attention from rescue crews.

[UPDATE, 12.50 pm: I can’t believe I failed to mention, in this litany of disaster, that martial law has been declared in the city of New Orleans. Martial law. Unbelievable.]

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