From Holden:

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is still publishing on line. Got browse through their e-mails from New Orleans victims pleading for help, then click on the ad to the right and give.

You will also find the story of Lucrece Phillips’ rescue at the Times-Picayune site.

“The rescuers in the boats that picked us up had to push the bodies back with sticks,” Phillips said sobbing. “And there was this little baby. She looked so perfect and so beautiful. I just wanted to scoop her up and breathe life back into her little lungs. She wasn’t bloated or anything, just perfect.”


Phillips’ downstairs neighbor, Terrilyn Foy, 41, and her 5-year-old son, Trevor, were unable to escape, Phillips said. By late Monday the surging waters of Lake Pontchartrain had swallowed the neighborhood. The water crept, then rushed, under the front door, Phillips said, then knocked it from its hinges. In less than 30 minutes, Phillips said, the water had topped her neighbors’ 12-foot ceiling and was gulping at hers.

“I can still hear them banging on the ceiling for help,” Phillips said, shaking. “I heard them banging and banging, but the water kept rising.” Then the pleas for help were silenced by the sway of the current, she said.