...On Thursday [Sep 1], the team was in Kenner, La. -- a small city of about 75,000 on the Mississippi River's East Bank -- where police described the violence and looting as "out of control."
USAR is working with Louisiana State Troopers, as well as the National Guard.
"It's far too dangerous for even the state troopers and police to wander out," said USAR member Brian Inglis in a statement Thursday on his team website, vancouver.ca/usar.
"It's absolutely crazy, the devastation is unreal -- the gunfire, the shooting, the looting is like something you see in a movie. "
Acadian Ambulance Service says it was greeted by an armed and angry crowd as it tried to airlift supplies into Kenner Memorial Hospital late Wednesday.
Richard Zuschlag, president of the ambulance service, said his medics were "crying, screaming for help," and that his pilots "refused to land."
Inglis said the team won't be performing any search and rescue operations for at least the next eight to 12 hours until authorities bring the situation under control.
"Unfortunately, from time we were given orders to move from Lafayette at 4:30 a.m. this morning up here, the lid has blown off this place."
Kenner has about 190 officers patrolling the city, according to Kenner police spokesman Steve Caraway...