With President Bush making another visit to New Orleans, troops and emergency service workers are still scouring the city for bodies and holdout hurricane survivors. They are searching door-to-door for people unable or unwilling to leave the ruined city. Sometimes they found bodies, at other times they have come across survivors who have been without water and electricity in oppressive heat for nearly two weeks.
President Bush’s latest visit is his third and longest including an overnight stay and stops elsewhere in Louisiana and Mississippi. He is being told that officials now expect the death toll to be much lower than the earlier estimate of 10,000.
And the US Army Corps of Engineers has said it should take half the time originally estimated to pump New Orleans dry, 40 days rather than 80.
But there was a sad homecoming for National Guard troops returning from serving in Iraq. Many will find their homes damaged or destroyed and their families living in shelters.