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Just a quick update- New Orleans is getting hammered by Katrina. There have been reports of breaches in the levees, although no accurate info is available. FYI- New Orleans is BELOW sea level, so if the levees are breached the city floods and the water has to be pumped out.

The brunt of the storm is East of NO which is where the refineries are. Just saw live shots from the city taken from a boat sailing along a city street, and windows blown out of office buildings downtown.

My guess is that the clean-up will take quite a while, which will likely impact the flow of oil for some time. Obviously, it will be a day or two before damage assesments at refineries can be made. Plus the size of the storm is impacting a huge area, not just New Orleans, so resources will be stretched thin.

As much as this impacts oil, many, many people are being impacted by this storm. A major disaster, really.

by US Blues on Mon Aug 29th, 2005 at 12:53:45 PM EST

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