In his September 1 press conference, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said:
The act of flooding and the continued challenge of dealing with water levels that can be anywhere from three to four to eight feet have dramatically impeded our ability to actually get these supplies into New Orleans. This has really created a double challenge. We’re not only confronting the original disaster of the hurricane, we’re confronting the ongoing disaster of the flooding.
Amazing. I mean, who would have thought you might have to do disaster relief in the middle of a flood?