90,000 square miles have been declared national disaster areas. To put this in perspective, think of an area that would exceed the land mass of Ohio and Michigan combined or an area roughly the size of Great Britian.

As many as 400,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.

New Orleans Mayor Issues ‘Desperate SOS’

House Speaker Dennis Hastert dropped a bombshell on flood-ravaged New Orleans on Thursday by suggesting that it isn’t sensible to rebuild the city. (see full article in the second comment)