The cause and extent of possible damage is not yet clear. The news comes as troops were sent to quell lawlessness in the city, where desperation grows.
How much more can the big Easy take? 20,000 people at the convention center sleeping amongst human filth and the dead. Corpses floating by houses, sewage infected water, rioting, looting, raping, pillaging.
"There were bodies floating past my front door. I've never seen anything like that," Robert Lewis said, near tears.
More details as they become availabe