NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- As police and National Guard troops struggled to restore order Thursday in New Orleans, emergency teams suspended boat rescue operations because conditions in the flooded city were too dangerous, rescuers said.
The instructions to stand down came during a meeting with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
CNN's Rick Sanchez reported that authorities were concerned for the rescuers' safety because some people have become violent toward the rescuers.
He said officials were trying to figure out how to safely resume rescues.
Troops and police have been working to evacuate tens of thousands of people, who are growing weaker and more desperate each hour.
Looks like bin-Laden has a fertile area from which to recruit some mercinary thugs.