Actually, my dad went into New Orleans today. My apartment was in the Lower Garden District which received no flooding, so he and a buddy went down with a truck and trailer to collect my stuff. They took Highway 90 across the Huey P and then River Road into the city. They had to persuade a deputy to let them cross the parish line. Here were their observations:
-Looting uptown seemed confined to the Riverbend area and some parts of Magazine.
-No flooding whatsoever south of St. Charles.
-They attempted to get onto I-10 at Carrollton, but water was about 2 feet deep near Fountainbleau. The area around S. Claiborne took in a fair amount of water.
-The Saulet (my apartment complex near the Convention Center) was untouched by looters, water, wind, or other damage, as was Tulane.
-Audubon Park seemed fine and was full of tents and National Guard troops. Ditto for the Wal-Mart on Tchoupitoulas.
-Mosca's sustained some heavy damage.
-They noted that people should be allowed back into the portions of the city that are untouched.