Skip to comments.Fewer Bodies Than Expected Found in Sweeps
Posted on 09/09/2005 11:05:16 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
Authorities said Friday that their first systematic sweep of the city found far fewer bodies than expected, suggesting that Hurricane Katrina's death toll may not be the catastrophic 10,000 feared.
"I think there's some encouragement in what we've found in the initial sweeps that some of the catastrophic deaths that some people predicted may not have occurred," said Terry Ebbert, New Orleans' homeland security chief.
Ebbert declined to give a new estimate of the dead.
Authorities turned their attention to counting and removing the dead in a grid-by-grid search of the city after spending days cajoling, persuading and all but strong-arming the living into leaving the shattered city because of the danger of fires and disease from the filthy, corpse-laden floodwaters.
"Numbers so far are relatively minor as compared to the dire projections of 10,000," Ebbert said.
Mayor Ray Nagin had suggested over the weekend that the death toll could climb that high, and authorities ordered 25,000 body bags as they started gathering up the dead across a landscape awash in corpses.
Separately, Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell, commanding general of 82nd Airborne Division, said the last of the bodies at the convention center would be taken out on Friday. Thousands of people took shelter there after the hurricane for days with little or no food or water, in what became an increasingly chaotic and violent situation.
In a small sign of progress, authorities said the New Orleans airport will reopen to commercial flights on Sept. 19. Caldwell said water and power are functioning at the airport.
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>>In a small sign of progress, authorities said the New Orleans airport will reopen to commercial flights on Sept. 19<<
"Miss, is there something you're not telling us?"
"Yes, we're out of coffee."
>> In a small sign of progress, authorities said the New Orleans airport will reopen to commercial flights on Sept. 19. Caldwell said water and power are functioning at the airport. <<
Umm, come to think of it: I guess that means the evacuation is off?
DIMS: "This has nothing to do with BUSH"
Hopefully it stays this way. I worry because the deepest parts have not been drained yet. Are those houses also part of the sweeps? Checking attics?
Still this is very good news indeed if it shows the trend.
...said the last of the bodies at the convention center would be taken out on Friday. ....
They are still there???????????????????????
I predict that total body count will be <1000
They were estimating 30,000 on 9/11.
Waiting for Major Owens to claim that 20,000 blacks were eaten by sharks in the Gulf after Katrina washed them away.
they sound disappointed.
I've been saying the same thing for days, less than 1,000. Even though the media isn't allowed (for now) to show the bodies, there would have been stories all over about the massive numbers of bodies. It's all BS, the higher the number, the more it tarnishes Bush and the GOP. How disgraceful!
I guess the condescending paternalistic scumbags over there believe that poor black people don't bother to notice when their relatives just disappear into thin air.
When they don't get a death certificate or collect on any insurance for their disappeared relatives, they'll just shrug and do nothing, unless some caring white liberal flies down from New England and explains the world to them.
No. They are kicking them out, right down to the old ladies that took the 'cane by the balls. The airport's just going to open for clown Nagin's good buddies to come in to split up the spoils.
What about the buildings still underwater?
I posted a week ago that I predict as many dead as one thousand, Not near what the incompetent Mayor predicts. Probably a few more in Mississippi and Alabama .
Michael Brown's fault!
And in a related story:
N.O Alligators demand immediate shipment of Alka-Seltzer.
. . . the Bush Administration is just going to hide all the bodies.
Dumb ole DUmmies! We all know Bush and Cheney love a hearty stew made from poor dead black people's bodies. They aren't hiding anything.
What?? No zombie stories to blame on Bush?
I sure hope this is true. There were still too many deaths at the Superdome.
This has to be very disappointing news to the 'RATS and their toadies in the Liberal "media." We may need to put the NYT and WaPo on suicide watch.
dont for get nancy"i need more make-up" pelosi.......she will blame every death on "w'.....where is the spineless gop?????? anybody out there ????
Very peculiar things going on down there. Mandatory evac was illegal before the hurricane, before the flood; but it's fine and dandy now. Cops are getting vacations in Vegas while someone else confiscates weapons from homeowners who will later be forcibly evacuated. Commercial flights will resume in about a week, yet nobody can LIVE there, so what's with the commerce? Hired security may keep guns to protect those who can afford to hire them. Reporters may stay, as long as they make no trouble, but not residents. It really looks like the President is giving them enough rope to hang themselves, but in the process they're hurting the people, the law, the respect for the law; and the President's reputation is being tarnished while the Democrats' stock is rising.
Are they searching inside the homes, or just counting the floaters in the streets?
I've been saying the exact same thing.
What for? No residents, no businesses.
I take it there'll only be flights to and from Las Vegas?
Ummm, am I missing something? Who wants to go there right now?????
Greyhound Ray must have been sandbagging (pun definitely intended) with that 10,000 number...
MSM must be deeply saddened.
I heard a rumor that things were so "normal" at the Astrodome the reporters started going into the line and saying stuff like "did you hear what that dude behind you just said about your girl?" to see if they could raise a little ire for the cameras.
How many deaths were there at the Superdome? I didn't see a number anywhere.
I read somewhere that they found 12 dead bodies at the convention center, but I never saw a number for the superdome, and I don't know whether the number for the convention center was accurate.
Yes, they are still there. What is your point?
They are searching inside the houses. After each house is searched, they are marked if they have a body inside or that it was searched and no one was found.
When the time comes to collect the bodies, most of the houses have already been identified.
They don't have enough refrigerator trucks or coroners yet to do identification. That time will come.
I'm sticking with my initial prediction of around 2500 in NOLA. Someone else suggested 25000, but I doubt it will get that high.
1000 - didn't Cammile kill 3000?
Yep - press won't like that. Takes some of the wind out of their sails
They've done a grid search of some of the flooded zones, and this includes looking inside homes. They've found plenty of roofs with holes cut in them, where people used axes to escape their attics. They haven't found many bodies. But they haven't searched the neighborhoods that were flooded first; where the flooding was worst.
Has anyone seen anything like an estimate of missing persons (lists of names of persons unaccounted for)?
Brown secretly moved the bodies out in order to save face.
None of these dead folks will miss their next opportunity to vote for Nagin or Blanco, however.
It'll be less than predicted. It's common to overestimate. After hurricane Charlie last year some said there were bodies stacked up on the trailer parks. It never happened.
I assume by "sweeps" they are referring to what is plainly visable street-to-street. I'm fearful of what will be found when houses are entered.
Hoping for the best,
The official death toll from Camille was 256, if memory serves. The present storm has already exceeded this. I've been afraid that a lot of people died in houses that "survived Camille". I hope that's not correct, and the latest information is that perhaps the death toll will be hundreds not thousands, outside of New Orleans.
NOOOO?? You don't say?
Let's hope that the number stays lower than $1000 and I bet it will.
Very peculiar things going on down there. Mandatory evac was illegal before the hurricane, before the flood; but it's fine and dandy now. Cops are getting vacations in Vegas while someone else confiscates weapons from homeowners who will later be forcibly evacuated. Commercial flights will resume in about a week, yet nobody can LIVE there, so what's with the commerce? Hired security may keep guns to protect those who can afford to hire them. Reporters may stay, as long as they make no trouble, but not residents. It really looks like the President is giving them enough rope to hang themselves, but in the process they're hurting the people, the law, the respect for the law; and the President's reputation is being tarnished while the Democrats' stock is rising"
WHERE IS THE FED DA OF NO?????
"How many deaths were there at the Superdome?"
None - they had better NG presence and food/water
see post 47.
Do you have a definitive source for that NONE claim?