Latest news from Nola.com on the recovery effort:
In the hard-hit Ninth Ward, National Guard Col. Michael Thompson said his troops have … seen the bodies of several people who had been murdered.
"I’ve got a lot of police officers on my staff and they recognize the signs of it. You’d see the entry wound of the bullet and the exit wound," Thompson said. "So it was obvious that something had taken place other than natural death."
He said the two biggest challenges facing his troops were aggressive dogs and poor sanitation. He said pit bulls left behind by evacuating residents have formed packs and were attacking soldiers. One soldier was forced to shoot a dog that attacked him, he said.
I would love to be one of the early returnees to my cherished city. But it’s going to take some time apparently.