We're going to be at this a long time.
We have no criminal justice system functioning today.
There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of breaks. No water pressure, you can't run the sewer system.
The people arriving on this side of the building are expected to fend for themselves. We have some water.
We will reassess how we have done in reopening so far and the status of our water, sewerage, electricity and hospitals.
Beginning Saturday, we will be on the path of bringing New Orleans back. We feel it's vitally important for this city to stay alive, for commerce to start moving in the right direction.
Today was an opportunity for all of us to realize . . . this is a team effort. We cannot do it alone and we are the ones who are going to have to execute the plans.
Monday we knew what we needed by numbers. We told FEMA we needed to move 30,000 people. Now we're just rolling on number 30,000. This should have been five days ago.
You don't have to be a genius to know when the storm hits, you're going to need water, food, diesel, gasoline, evacuation needs, helicopters, boats, medicine. So why does someone call me up when I don't have any communications and ask me, 'What do I need' The system needed to go into automatic.
There is some evidence from what we have found in initial sweeps that catastrophic death may not have occurred. The numbers so far are relatively minor compared to the dire predictions.
We're going to face a crisis in the very near term.
Today we are attempting with the federal government's assistance to gain control of all law enforcement agencies that have been provided.
This is a national disgrace. FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control. We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims but we can't bail out the city of New Orleans.
There are gangs of armed men in the city moving around the city.
These are not individuals looting. These are large groups of armed individuals.
To the best of our ability, we have thoroughly searched this city and dealt with those individuals who wanted to be evacuated.