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Second Wave of Depression

By: Manuel Gallegus, CBS News
By: Manuel Gallegus, CBS News

As President Bush promises an investigation into federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the painful rescue operation continues in New Orleans, but the city has started to make progress; water is being moved out.

In New Orleans where it's estimated about 50 percent of the city is still underwater, finally some progress. The big break in the levee is now plugged and water is being pumped out, but it's estimated it will take weeks before all the city streets will be dry.

And in the middle of the pollution and debris, several thousand people just won't or can't leave. The mayor says they have to get out.

Mayor Ray Nagin says, "My big concern right now is the gas leaks, the toxic stuff, the dead bodies, the mosquitoes and rescuing the people who are probably holding on for dear life."

It is still a heartbreaking scene at the airport where frail evacuees are still being brought in and treated.

Jefferson Parish, who refuses to leave New Orleans, could eventually be taken out by force, but it hasn't come to that. Armed officers from other states now patrol the city streets. Some needed relief for the Louisiana force.

Peter Dale, Police Chief, says, "We might wear different color shirts and pants, but all these badges mean the same thing. We've got that brotherhood."

All the help in place now is quite a contrast from the early days where lawlessness ruled certain areas and the government wasn't there.

The president now says he'll lead the investigation into why it took so long.

George Bush says, "Over time I'm going to find out what we did right and what we did wrong."

Even once the water is gone, the cleanup will take weeks, power will take months, and everyone fears how many will be dead.


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