Death Toll Rising

The actual death toll in New Orleans remains unknown this morning, but predictions remain grim.  One state health official says FEMA has 25-,000 body bags on hand. Authorities say 83 bodies have been recovered so far.

For the first time since Hurricane Katrina blasted the New Orleans area, emergency workers have found a watery mass grave. More than 30 bodies were found in a flooded nursing home in St. Bernard Parish.

Health concerns abound for the living. The environmental protection agency says flood water in the New Orleans area is very dangerous, full of e. Coli and lead.

In coastal Mississippi, where the water has receded, debris litters ruined towns, attracting vermin. While hundreds of thousands of gulf coast residents begin new lives in more than two dozen states across the country, in Washington, politicians are delivering and deflecting blame for poor disaster response.