Break in 17th Street Canal Levee is now 200 feet wide and slowly flooding the City of New Orleans. Huge sand bags are being airlifted to try to stem the rush of water in that area. The expectations are that the water will not stop until it reaches lake level.

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11:53 A.M. – Two dead in Slidell in rising waters after attempting to get back to their homes. The victims had initially evacuated. (15′ of water in downtown Slidell)

Please stay put. Jefferson Parish is locked down. No one admitted until Monday and only with proper ID. There is no electricity, water or working facilities. Officials will and are turning away anyone trying to return.

11:58 A.M. – Homeland security chief optimistic that 3,000 pound sandbags can plug 200 foot levee break at 17th Street Canal.