• Text smaller
  • Text bigger


Sandra, Ged and Ronan Scott of Liverpool, England, recount horror in New Orleans after Katrina (courtesy Liverpool Daily Post)

Female survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans were urged by government rescuers to flash their breasts in order to receive help in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

That according to English tourists who are now just returning to the United Kingdom, relating their horror stories to British media.

Ged Scott, 36, of Liverpool, was on his annual vacation at New Orleans’ Ramada Hotel with his wife Sandra, 37, and their 7-year-old son, Ronan.

“I could not describe how bad the authorities were, taking photographs of us as we are standing on the roof waving for help, for their own personal photo albums, little snapshot photographs,” Scott told BBC News.

Scott said there was a group of girls standing on the lobby’s roof, calling out to passing rescuers for help.

“[The authorities] said to them, ‘Well, show us what you’ve got’ – doing signs for them to lift their T-shirts up. The girls said no, and [the rescuers] said ‘well fine,’ and motored off down the road in their motorboat. That’s the sort of help we had from the authorities,” he said.

New Orleans is noted for women flashing their breasts in public, especially during the annual Mardi Gras festival.

Scott called the relief operation “horrendous,” noting police officers had taken “souvenir” photographs of stranded people begging for help.

“The only information we got from anybody in authority was if a policeman came past and we shouted to them out of the windows. The only information we ever got off them was negative, ‘Do not go here. Do not go there’. There was no, ‘Are you OK? Are you safe? Have you got water?’ Most of the time they would ignore us.”

Scott recounted that at night, police completely vanished, leaving stranded hotel guests and staff to defend themselves.

“You would hear shots ringing out during the night and that was one of the most worrying things, because we had no security,” Scott said. “We patrolled the halls and checked the doors throughout the night in the hotel – but if someone had wanted to come in, there was not much we could have done about it.”

Scott waded through waist-deep water to barricade the hotel’s doors.

“It was like wading through an open sewer,” he said. “It reeked to high heaven and made you want to vomit. Outside I could see bodies floating in the water.”

He says looters actually tried to sell the Ramada’s guests stolen cell phones, radios and clothing.

The guests were finally rescued by Louisiana game wardens, who entered the hotel with rifles and fixed bayonets.

The family is back safe in England, but Scott says he worries about the psychological impact on his young son.

“He was fantastic – but he has been exposed to things no 7-year-old should ever see, and it is bound to come out in the future.”


Those wishing to contribute to hurricane relief efforts can donate to the Salvation Army online or by calling 1-800-725-2769. Red Cross donations can be made
online or by calling 1-800-435-7669.


Previous stories:

Atheists: No prayer for disaster victims

FEMA chief fired from previous job

Chertoff clueless about hurricane

Paper: Fire every FEMA official

Celine Dion: Let ‘em loot

New Orleans, city of dead

Illegals get reprieve from Katrina

New Orleans mayor fears CIA to take him out

Web, military technology aiding in storm recovery

Sobbing Geraldo: Let the people go!

Clinton, Bush slashed spending on levees

Billy Graham on disaster: Evil is mystery

10,000 dead in Louisiana?

Radio host: No doubt ‘End Times’ here

Bye-bye Big Easy?

North Carolina governor: Stay home for Labor Day

Ouch! $6 gas near Atlanta

Hurricane hits just before homosexual event

Truck stops ration fuel

New Orleans death toll possibly in thousands

‘Martial law’ in Big Easy?

Bush, ‘global warming’ to blame for hurricane?

Looters turn New Orleans into ‘downtown Baghdad’

Insurers spared financial disaster

‘Intense damage’

  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.