Body recovery expected to take 30 to 120 days
By David Edwards on 9/6/2005, 10:20am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette is now reporting:

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.

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"Until they search each and every remaining house and remove all the fallen materials ... they will not know how many people are there," Buckner said.

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"My personal opinion is they will be recovering bodies for 30 ... to 120 days," Buckner said.

We pray that this number is the "worst case scenario".