UPDATE: New Orleans Hospitals, Shelters To Be Evacuated, Water Still Rising
New Orleans Mayor has called for the evacuation of New Orleans Shelters (Superdome included, 30,000 people) hospitals (patients and staff) as waters continue to rise in the Central Business District and French Quarter due to a two-block long levy break at the 17th Street Canal. Water from Lake Ponchartrain has been pouring into the city since early this morning. There is current 4+ feet of water surrounding the Superdome, which was not flooding directly after being hit.
Because basic services such as utilities, water, gas and food are depleting, the decision was made because conditions in New Orleans aren't compatible with "sustaining life".
Tulane University Hospital and Charity (University Hospital) have begun airlifting its most critical patients since losing backup generator power earlier today. The water around those structures began rising at the rate of an inch every five minutes earlier today according the Tulane's VP of Patient Services. Its since slowed to an inch per hour, however, the hospitals back-up generators were overwhelmed by the rising waters. Charity Hospital was forced to move its services to the central most portion of the hospital because Katrina blew out windows, etc.
Once the entire New Orleans population is evacuated, the mobilized National Guard and Disaster Services can begin repairs of the levy system and begin the clean-up process, first collecting the hundreds of dead bodies floating on water.