A lot of the regulars have sent me the link to a blog called The Interdictor that’s authored by someone who’s stuck right in the middle of the whole mess:
This journal has become the Survival of New Orleans blog. In less perilous times it was simply a blog for me to talk smack and chat with friends. Now this journal exists to share firsthand experience of the disaster and its aftermath with anyone interested.
The entries are compelling reading to say the least. It’s updated regularly and includes plenty of pictures and live webcam feeds. If you want a first-hand account of what’s going on down there this is one place to get it.
10:01 am – The City is ON FIRE
Teams Alpha and Bravo finished the medium range recon and there are 3 separate locations on fire. We have pictures coming shortly.
During the recon, I spoke to some Federal Marshalls and NOPD. Morale is LOW. Very low. They’re not seeing the military presence they say they were promised. I told those guys they can’t possibly imagine how much we (the world) appreciate their dedication. I asked what civil rights the citizens have and the US Marshalls looked at me like I just fell off the turnip truck and chuckled. I asked if citizens can have guns for protection and he said if someone thinks he needs a gun, he should have already evacuated. He also said they are setting the city on fire.
The NOPD wants to know where “the two active duty brigades” were that he says they were told were supposed to arrive today. When I asked him what he would want to tell the world, he said Everyone keeps talking about the military presence in the city, and then asked me,” Do you see any military around here” in dusgust.
We reconned our roof also, to get a better view of the city and took… I hesitate to call them “amazing” pictures. My city… it has been punched in the face and is on the canvas being counted out.
And yes, that’s smoke you see out of the windows. The city is under a haze from the fires. Smoke and ash are floating miles away from the fires.