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8/31/05-New Orleans, LA

Flood Crisis Deepens In New Orleans

Officials in New Orleans have not even begun tallying the dead -- there hasn't been time. With waters rising from broken levees, all efforts have been focused on rescuing survivors.

Those survivors are facing dire conditions -- no power, little drinking water, dwindling food supplies, gunfire in the distance -- with no way to get out.

And the waters are still rising, at times dotted by the bodies of those who perished when the hurricane roared into town Monday morning.

The Army Corps of Engineers says efforts to repair levee breaches that have swamped the city have failed so far. Workers are trying to plug the holes with huge concrete blocks and also are looking for a barge to fill a gap.

Major General Don Riley says it could take close to a month to pump flood water out of the city. An estimated 80 percent of the below-sea-level city is under water. Water is up to 20 feet deep in some places. Rescuers have worked through the night to get to stranded people.

Louisiana's governor has ordered storm refugees to leave the city. Kathleen Blanco says she wants the Superdome evacuated within two days. Thousands are in the stadium but there's no electricity and no air conditioning.

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