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.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
The Democrats must be pissed off.......
People actually saved themselves instead of sitting around waiting to die????
and daschle is very concerned..
I worry because the deepest parts have not been drained yet. Are those houses also part of the sweeps? Checking attics?
Nope - the Voodoo cemetery came through intact. No graves opened.
But there is a mandatory evacuation going on. People are being challenged at gunpoint for being on the street. It is not economically sensible to keep a hotel open in such circumstances, even if you can get special permission from the authorities to open and employ staff.
You truncated the headline which should read, "Fewer bodies than expected found in swamp; more, fatter alligators observed".
Waiting for Major Owens to claim that 20,000 blacks were eaten by sharks in the Gulf after Katrina washed them away.
Actually, they will probably claim that many were eaten by gators or crocs.
"They are still there???????????????????????"
It's unbelievable, isn't it?
"How many deaths were there at the Superdome?"
There were at least 2, the bodies were shown all over the place. There was one person dead in a wheelchair, and another just lying on the ground.
How the heck they just left these people there, in the middle of the city, for a week just amazes me.
This has to be very disappointing for CNN and the Democrats.
Howidid they get in the Gulf from N.O.?
Shrimpers have been snatching bodies from the waters that may have come from Miss.& lower La.
Did you not read thatCNN is trying to get approval to dig up bodies to show America the Federal Govt failure. They want us to see the "decaying" corps that suffered due to the Federal govt.
I haven't read all the posts yet but does anyone have the current death toll?
Hmmmm, seems like nagin exagerated just a weeeee too much.
The mayor was confused about the casualties since he knew there were 200,000 registered voters (D) that did not show up. The people that normally vote for them had already left town.
I'm new here and in a quandry. I hate the MSM just as much as everyone else but am often forced to watch CNN. I'm deaf and Fox News isn't captioned all the time. I know I can't do anything about it so I watch CNN when necessary with TONS OF GRAINS OF SALT.
Surely, you can't be serious...
msnbc's morning chick today sounded let down but it appeared that someone in her ear told her to not go there.
"We all know Bush and Cheney love a hearty stew made from poor dead black people's bodies."
Would that be 'po fokes ettoufet?
Would that be 'po fokes ettoufet?
Dass de fact!
I'm deaf and Fox News isn't captioned all the time. I know I can't do anything about it . . .
Figure out who we can write a letter to and I'll get all my friends along with myself to lobby for captions. They really need to do that.
2) An orgy of Bush bashing.
Democratic voter registration comes up short of projections.
The MSM is an appendage of the Democrat criminal political machine. The Dims hold out a bone and the MSM barks away. Even before they are called to task to answer their for their lies, they have already moved on to the next stage of demagoguery. They've got it down to a science.
Notice now the accusations are revolving around exactly how much in "benefits" the "mommy government" is obligated to deliver. Already, $2,000 in cash benefits, to be used to purchase alcohol, drugs, and designer clothes is being sneered upon as inadequate and stingy -- what, while the poor children are starving and all. We should give each one $20,000 cash up front and then $2,000 per month for live, plus a house and car -- all for the fact that they were plopped out like sausages some years ago.
"Did you not read thatCNN is trying to get approval to dig up bodies to show America the Federal Govt failure. They want us to see the "decaying" corps that suffered due to the Federal govt."
hypocritical insofar as they wont show 9/11 dead
I will tell you just like I told my deaf daughter and SIL...until we talk FOX into captioning everything, stick around here where all of the news is all the time. I wouldn't watch CNN if they PAID me to!
Iron Jack, I think you're right. The Katrina coverage was the most hysterical I've ever seen.
Obviously, the airport was not affected by the hurricane or the flood. That said, we need to know why helicopters weren*t used to evacuate people from the airport? IF the mayor would have sent people to the airport instead of to the Super Dome, they could have got them out of there a lot sooner than they did.
The more I know about this the more I place blame on the mayor. He should have told FEMA and Homeland Security that the airport would not be under water and that they should come with the helicopters. Even if they had to use the boats to transport them over streets that might have been under water, they would have got them out a lot sooner. They could have brought in water and food to take care of the people who were waiting for the helicopters.
Guess the AP will be sadly disappointed.
Pray for W, New Orleans, MS and Our Freedom Fighting Troops
Looks like Galveston 1900 will remain the worst natural disaster ever to hit the united states, not that anyone will ever know or remember.
You're closer than MSM experts. And I saw a vital stat that NOLA records about 30 death/day in normal times.
So may of the corpses are likely to be normal mortality, and not storm/flood-related.
Bush has released gators who ate the bodies.
Howard Dean has proof.
Wasn't Cammile under Clinton?
This really has become my main source of news. Even though I know Fox News is far from perfect, it would be nice to have more captioning. I have sent an e-mail on their web site asking for a snail mail name and address of someone to personally write to at Fox. I'll send you a private reply with it if you would like to write.
"they sound disappointed."
Some people have a morbid side. Before Katrina hit I stupidly predicted on FR that casualties probably wouldn't be as high as everyone was predicting. I was quickly put in my place by several posters who informed me that casualties would be in the multiple thousands.
The US is not a third world country, where thousands would have died if a similar sized storm had hit. New Orleans turned out to far more third world than I expected however.