“Expect Up to 40,000 Bodies”

And that’s not including the ones that floated out of flooded mausoleums:

A co-owner of Shelbyville-based Gowen-Smith Chapel has been deployed to Gulfport, Miss., to help with recovery since Hurricane Katrina, and his business partner here has described the grim task there.

“DMort is telling us to expect up to 40,000 bodies,” Dan Buckner said, quoting officials with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a volunteer arm of Homeland Security.

If true, this makes August 29-30, 2005 far and away the deadliest 24 hours in American history. Second would be September 8-9, 1900, when about 8,000 died in the Galveston Hurricane.

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