A friend of mine sent me this account of her boyfriend’s experience in St. Bernard Parish. I post it here for what it’s worth:
"If you’ve noticed, there has been no or very little mension of St. Bernard. That’s because it was really bad there and there was no help. They were not helping anyone get out. It was just people helping people. Helicopters actually flew over and just took pictures didn’t try to help anyone. He has six rolls of film. [He] got a boat and actually rescued people. He broke into a two story house and stayed there. There were bodies everywhere of people and animals. He also mentioned that right before the mass flood there was a loud sound like an explosion. We think they may have blew up the levee and trying to keep it quiet. That’s why they are not mentioning anything about us. Yesterday they made their way to Paris Road when they realized they were not being rescued there, got into a dump truck that brought them to a barge then they got on a bus towoard lake charles which then denied them shelter. He caught a cab from the Lafayette airport this morning and arrived here this afternoon."
Yep, it’s mostly "just people helping people" out there. The government is apparently not sufficiently prepared to deal with this.