The official combined (direct and indirect) death toll now stands at 1,417, the fourth or fifth highest in U.S. history (behind the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, the Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928, the 1893 Chenier Caminanda Hurricane, and possibly the 1893 Sea Islands Hurricane). As of January 18, 2006, more than 3,200 people remain unaccounted for, so the death toll may still grow.  As of November 22, 2005, 1,300 of those missing were either in heavily-damaged areas or were disabled and "feared dead"; if all 1,300 of these were to be confirmed dead, Katrina would surpass the Okeechobee Hurricane and become the second-deadliest in US history and deadliest in over a century. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina My wife asked the question while watching the news tonight in which 25 more were confirmed dead (23 in LA and 2 in Miss.). It is astoninishing that 3200 people still are unaccounted for. This disaster is as bad as 9-11 (worse if you count the overall devastation), yet still remains an afterthought to this administration. This is administration is more committed to rebuilding Iraq than it is to the Gulf Coast. How can they turn their backs on Americans like this? On a posotive note, the Oil industries infrastructure was priority one and it is better than ever, reflected in their record profits. I guess that's why gas is $1.25 a gallon again like it was when Clinton left office.