The reported levee breach
submerged the four northern New Jersey towns with five to six feet of water around 4:34 a.m.
A planned upcoming exercise, Purple Crescent III, would have had a levee breach
as one element, and as the officials were planning for this exercise, they realized that there was no game plan for a hurricane-related flood.
Although the facility itself was not flooded as a result of the nearby levee breach
, the buildings suffered extensive roof damage, which allowed rainwater to get inside the walls of the building causing widespread mold and water damage.
Matthews, director of New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness, addressed some of those concerns, saying that electric and gas services are now available to the city, except "for very limited areas nearest the 17th Street canal breach and the lower 9th Ward breach." Clean water has been a major concern, and although there are challenges with the water infrastructure, water is available and potable in all areas of the city, except "a small area located near where the levee breach
occurred in the lower 9th Ward," he says.
"I heard from a very reliable source who saw a 25 foot deep crater under the levee breach
," Farrakhan alleged.
Officials caused an intentional levee breach
by pumping water over the top to relieve pressure on the dam and digging a hole in it, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.
But Budde stresses that the risk of a levee breach
and flooding is not limited to just Sacramento.
(Credit: NASA Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team)</div> </div> <div class="imageBox" style="width: 630px;"><img id="96866" class="imgPhoto magnify" title="NASA Captures Mississippi Flooding [PHOTOS]" src="http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2011/05/11/96866.jpg" alt="Flooding From Mississippi River Levee Breach
Nearly 50 levee breaches
have been confirmed in the Army Corp's Omaha district alone, encompassing the hardest hit parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, officials told a news briefing.
Cornerstone contacted all but one of the estimated 200 credit unions in the flood affected areas or areas that could potentially be affected by the storm's aftermath of threatening overflows from rivers, tributaries, dams and levee breaches
. The league said it is assisting credit unions regardless of their membership affiliation as well as branches of associate-eligible credit union branches operated by credit unions headquartered in other states.