some of the 12,000 Jews in New Orleans are plannig on coming to Fairfax for the upcoming Jewish Holidays, and I was talking to the rabbi of the Chabad of N.O. and he gave me a GREAT link of this diary they've been keeping. If you wanna see how quickly the situation descended into chaos, it's a quick read:
It's like 9/11 down there, with lists of names of people who they've been in touch with so you know they're alive. I remember that from NY. Not fun.