“It may be hard for you to see, but from when I first came here to today, New Orleans is reminding me of the city I used to come to visit.” New York Times, 13 January 2006
Apparently King George on his motorcade trip down the freeway learned more about it than we do living in it, but then he is a greater man than mere subjects like us.
Just to give a picture: Most stores are closed here at 6. The postal service delivers every other day, but only to 20% of the city. The bulk of the city does not have electricity or gas. The city’s population is no more than 25% of what it was. Garbage collection is erratic. Even in the 20% of the city that did not flood I estimate over 1/3 of the stop lights still do not work. The Army Corpses of Ingénues has now admitted the levees won’t be built back to the standards that were supposed to be in place, but were not, until well after the hurricane seasons begins.
I could go on, but perhaps I should defer to our great wartime leader.