New Orleans turned much of its attention Sunday to gathering up and counting the dead across a ghastly landscape awash in perhaps thousands of corpses. ``It is going to be about as ugly of a scene as I think you can imagine,'' the nation's homeland security chief warned.
Air and boat crews also searched flooded neighborhoods for survivors, and federal officials urged those still left in New Orleans to leave for their own safety.
To expedite the rescues, the Coast Guard requested through the media that anyone stranded hang out brightly colored or white linens or something else to draw attention. But with the electricity out though much of the city, it was not known if the message was being received.
With large-scale evacuations completed at the Superdome and Convention Center, the death toll was not known. But bodies were everywhere: floating in canals, slumped in wheelchairs, abandoned on highways and medians and hidden in attics.
I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like in New Orleans. And with power out and no TV/radio available, I don't know how anyone is going to get any media messages there, either.