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Water level drops; no SBP houses habitable; looting continues; Posse Comitatus

From the LAT's "Water Levels Down Sharply in New Orleans":

Water levels dropped precipitously Monday in the worst of the flooded neighborhoods in and around New Orleans. Areas that had been under 6 to 8 feet of water less than two days earlier were dry at dawn, with ooze now smearing the streets and water collecting at low, marshy spots.
For the first time in the 8th and 9th wards in East New Orleans and Mid-City neighborhoods, search and rescue crews were able to patrol on foot. By midday, National Guardsmen and Marines said they had found several corpses inside homes that had been inaccessible until today...
...[Lt. Col. Kent Ralston] said Marines, who have no law enforcement powers, are not permitted to break into and search homes. They were told to look through windows and doorways, and to report the addresses or GPS coordinates of any home containing a corpse.
One Marine, sloshing through slick mud, said he was tired of squinting through mud-smeared windows. "We should be kicking these doors in," he said...

Marines? Kicking down doors? In America? No thank you very much. Why not bring in more National Guard or even better police or firefighters from other areas?

In Violet, a town in the southern region of flood-ravaged St. Bernard Parish, backhoes scraped their blades up and down Highway 39, shoving aside gooey mud left by retreating floodwaters. During President Bush's visit to the parish Monday, the parish president told him that not a single house in the parish was habitable...
Also in the 7th Ward, New Orleans police Officer D.M. Fernandez was on a cellphone outside Mule's Bar this morning. He was calling a retired police officer who owned the flooded establishment to tell him that someone had broken in and stolen his liquor.
The receding floodwaters apparently gave foot access to the thieves in a neighborhood that was under several feet of water 24 hours earlier. Up and down 7th Ward streets, sodden homes stood deserted, with hundreds of residents' cars parked at crazy angles, watermarks staining their roofs...

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