CHALMETTE, La. (Aug. 27) -- The sleek Bell helicopter, one of the perks BP is making available to cranky officials whose coastlines it oiled, lifts off from the lawn in front of the St. Bernard Parish government complex, tilts toward the Gulf of Mexico and flies straight into the thunderheads of Tropical Depression 5. The gathering storm has already forced a pullback of the flotilla out at the Deepwater Horizon drill site and will soon roll over New Orleans, dumping enough rain to flood the streets.
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