The most reliable news sources for Hurricane Katrina’s effects on New Orleans and surrounding areas seems to be Wikipedia, MSNBC and CNN. The most quickly updated source seems to be the forums at Fark
A new resource has just appeared: The Katrina Help Wiki, which seems to be doing a good job of aggregating news sources.
Still haven’t heard from Dad. Both cell phone and land line come up as “out of service” or busy, which, all things considered, is not surprising.
From what I can see of maps of Covington, the area where Dad lives (between and to the north of Covington and Abita Springs) probably wasn’t affected by rising bodies of water, but there is still the effects of the rain and wind to deal with.
So I guess the friends and relatives of the victims hunker down and wait, too.