The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports in its breaking news blog:
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Brown said that six teams will use the town of St. Gabriel as a staging area and will fan out from there to the metro New Orleans area to begin the tedious process of recovering and identifying bodies.
Despite assurances Wednesday from aides to Brown that early death toll numbers would be available, Brown said the data was not available, but instructed aides to provide numbers Friday.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco said up to 300,000 people in southeastern Louisiana may have tried to ride out the storm. We know where about 50,000 of those people are. The math is grim.
One more thing about Blanco: Like President Bush, she has been a terrific disappointment in the wake of this tragedy -- dithering, ducking, doing anything but leading. Which makes her Thursday pout against Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert that much more disgusting. Blanco was pissed because Hastert said it might not be sensible to rebuild the Big Easy. Blanco demanded an apology because Hastert "kick(ed) us when we're down."
Hastert was an oaf with his remarks. But Blanco has better things to do with her time -- like being the leader of a state that needs her.