The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune newspaper staff are evacuating their building due to rising floodwaters. In case you wonder how serious the situation is down there, try to imagine your local newspaper publishing this excerpt on their website:

Our plan is to head across the Mississippi River on the Pontchartrain Expressway to the west bank of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. From there, we’ll try to head to Houma.

You can donate to the Red Cross here.

Update: Descriptions of the devastation and chaos. New Orleans is flooding, and the Gulf Coast isn’t any better. Meanwhile, the Times-Picayune keeps on working. They have an RSS feed as well.