When the Levee Broke
Hurricane Katrina yanks at the threads of a fragile New Orleans society
by Anya Kamenetz August 31st, 2005 11:08 AM
Water pours through a break in a levee. photo: UPI Photo/Vincent Laforet/Pool [photo caption]
"Due to a hurricane in the area you are calling, your call cannot be completed at this time." It is approximately 48 hours into the destruction of my hometown. I have done little the last few days except comb the Internet for storm news and field calls from fellow members of the Gulf South diaspora. No one has sufficient information. There are reports of a rescue here, a woman swept away there, looting at the Wal-Mart on Tchoupitoulas. Because of breaches in the levee, the water is still rising.