Many Britons are amongst those stranded in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Read a selection of your comments below.
The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:
I am from Leeds and moved over here in March of last year. We all knew that the hurricane was coming. It was on every news programme. Local people all talked about what had happened when previous hurricanes had been through the area. People in New Orleans were told to get out and a lot did. What has staggered me though is just how unprepared everybody was. It was only in the last 24 hours before the storm, that there was any real movement. After the event many people from all over the south east of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama had no water and the power was off almost everywhere, only then was there a rush to buy generators, water and ice. The heat over here at this time of year is over a 100 degrees with the heat index. There was just no cool air, mosquitoes were breeding and swarming, there was no cool drinks, nothing to get washed with or even flush the toilet. My main observations are that for a country that has had to deal with this sort of thing before, albeit not on this scale, how totally unprepared they were and how slow they were to respond.
Mark Davies, St. Amant, Louisiana
My sister lives in Covington, LA. She has e-mailed us to say that she is safe in Lafayette, but the house has been damaged, there is no water or power and she does not know when they can return home.
Georgia Parente, Purley, Surrey, UK
Ged, Sandra and Ronan Scott from Liverpool have been barricaded in the Ramada Hotel with 40 other people for the past 5 days. They have managed to get ration packs and water by going onto the roof of the hotel and attracting the attention of relief workers. Along with the other 40 people in the hotel, they are planning to break out today and make for safety.
Martin Gee, Liverpool, England
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