Disaster info in the modern world
An amazing website that the guys at Marginal Revolution blogged about. It is called www.scipionus.com. It is a map-based wiki where regular people can insert information geographically about the effects of the storm. There are thousands and thousands of entries.
Surfing around, the devastation doesn’t seem as bad on the wiki as it does on TV. Houses a block or two from Lake Pontchartrain with no flooding, for instance. This shouldn’t be surprising. TV is only showing us the worst. The people in good enough shape to be entering info on the website are probably heavily selected towards those who fared well. The truth is probably somewhere in between.