June 17th, 2008
09:32 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/17/08

Anderson is back.

Tonight, a wall of water with no place to go but down the Mississippi and only about two dozen levees along the way to contain it. Each and every one of them is in danger of giving way like the one near Gulfport, Illinois did today. Dan Simon is there with the latest.

Randi Kaye has an up close look at Michelle Obama’s image makeover. Does she have what it takes to be a first lady? What impact will she have on the campaign?

Dana Bash is on the trail today with a look at the fight between McCain and Obama over energy and the war on terror. Who won? We’ll find out from the best political team on television.

Erica Hill has an update on story we brought you last week. It’s about Samuel Israel, a hedge fund manager, convicted of defrauding investors out of nearly 500 million dollars. He was supposed to start a 20-year prison sentence last week but he never showed up, though his car was found abandoned on a bridge with the words “suicide is painless” scrawled on the side. Authorities weren't sure if he killed himself or went on the run. Tonight, they have their answer.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica out on our live web camera from the 360° studio. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

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  1. Lou

    Susan, up here in Canada, farmers have crop insurance for just these issues. Our government also assist farmers if there is massive crop failures. I wonder if your country has the same thing?

    June 17, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Christina, Windber, PA

    My heart goes out to anyone who had their homes flooded. I can't imagine what it would be like to come back and find your home in that condition. Your home has so many things that can't be replaced; so many memories are connected to your home.

    Welcome back Anderson, it's nice to see you back, safe and sound.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Jim

    McCain's decision today on drilling for oil is a necessary move. I may have to switch and vote for him after all.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Sofia

    Hi Anderson - I'm writing from Iowa City. Your story just mentioned that the woman in Cedar Rapids did not have flood insurance, and the reporter said most of us here don't have it. Just to be clear, the reason why most people in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City don't have flood insurance is because it is not available. You have to live in a designated flood plain to be eligible for the flood insurance....and we are not a designated flood plain.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I've heard that this flood level only occurs once every 500 years. Of course no one has been around 500 years to keep track.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Jana, Indiana

    Those poor people in the flood zone. My heart goes out to them.

    Welcome Back Anderson

    June 17, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Lou

    I agree with Missy. Mother Nature is powerful

    June 17, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I am so glad to see Gary dried out and out of that dirty water; he is such a pro!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Susan, Pennsylvania

    Can anyone tell me what happens to the farmers who had all their crops washed away?

    They invested money in the planting season, and now will have no revenue from a harvest.

    This is a year's revenue down the drain.

    Does anybody know? Thanks.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I wonder if FEMA can't use the trailers, where will these people stay while they rebuild.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  11. MaryBeth

    The saddest thing is that most of these people do NOT have flood insurance. No one ever thought they would get flooded with the river being so far away.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Fay, CA

    Welcome back Anderson, and how cool is Gary Tuchman, helping that lady with her trophies?

    June 17, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Hannah Storm

    your absolutely right Kimether – those behind the scenes do not get enough credit and praise

    June 17, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I feel so badly for these people. Can those homes ever really be the same again? I wonder how much structural damage is done to those houses as a result of something like this.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Missy

    Mother nature can make us realize how fragile life is. Water is so powerful.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with you Jolene,
    I am glad Gary T is not in the water!!!!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Kimether - Atlanta, GA

    Wow! Gary's cameraman is awesome! Cameramen need to get more credit for what conditions they must film in!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Tracey - Boston

    Gary that was nice of you!!!!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  19. Hannah Storm

    What a guy....Gary went to get the trophies.....what a sweetheart

    June 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Gary

    Rivers flood...the water comes up and then goes down. People clean up afterward. Americans are very resilient people.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  21. MaryBeth

    OMG!!! Look at all that ruined furniture!!! Those poor ppl in Cedar Rapids!!!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar

    Wow!!! that is so bad for people...... I am shock it was breached by the river....... I saw this morning on Cnn

    June 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Jolene

    Nice to see Gary not in water tonight! I just can't imagine what these people are going through with the flooding.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Hannah Storm

    these floods are just so massive. I feel so horrible for the people who are dealing with this

    June 17, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  25. Lou

    The flooding I see on TV in those states reminds me of the flooding that we had up here in Manitoba in 1997. It must be a very frightening time for those people trying to save their land and homes.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  26. Tracey - Boston

    Wow man made levees... That was smart I hope it helps

    June 17, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Cindy

    I can't believe all of this flooding just with rain!


    June 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  28. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    25 levees could be breached? That would cause a huge amount of damage to property.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The levees are a mixed blessing. Without them the natural flood plains would absorb much of the overflow. When man tries to tame nature, nature always wins.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Cynthia

    Is there some kind of regulatory board or something that should be checking to make sure that the levees are safe and do what they are supposed to do?

    June 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  31. mollie

    glad you're back anderson! you did a great job out there.
    and geeze, i didn't like the idea of people comparing this river flooding with katrina. but after i saw that live video i think i agree.
    hopefully that area isn't too populated. and at least the river won't be as flooded down here in louisiana.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Thomas, SoCal

    Very moving report from central Africa. Good to have you back with the live broadcast.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar

    You were so great job in Africa! I love Planet in Peril 2!!! Great pictures I seen!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  34. Carly,AL

    welcome back........welcome back ....... welcome back Anderson
    my heart goes out to every one in the mid west and all who are going to be affected....its sad...

    June 17, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  35. Cindy

    Man...I hope those levees stay intact!!


    June 17, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  36. Kimether - Atlanta, GA

    YAY! Happy to see you back, Anderson!

    Campbell was great of course!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  37. EJ (USA)

    You look good Anderson – well rested.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  38. Sarah, Atlanta GA

    Welcome back Anderson. Tonit'e program sounds interesting.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  39. Lori, Boston

    Hi Anderson,

    Welcome back! Loved your reporter notebook from Africa. You have a wonderful talent with words. Looks like another great show.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  40. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    What a terrible tragedy for the midwest. The levees breaking are such a nightmare for those involved.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  41. Cynthia

    Welcome back Anderson and Hi Erica.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  42. Cindy

    Welcome back Anderson!! I hope that you had a great time in Africa but I really missed you!! BTW...love, love, LOVED your reporters notebook...it was amazing!


    June 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar

    Hi Anderson, Erica, and Bloggers!!!
    Welcome back Anderson !!!!!!!! missed you!!!! 🙂

    June 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Good evening everybody! Welcome back Anderson! I loved your reports from Africa, especially your visit with the mountain gorillas; I can't wait to see the end product this fall!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  45. EJ (USA)

    Anderson is back. My life can go on.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  46. Hannah Storm

    Welcome Back Anderson....really great to have you back

    Looking forward to a great show

    June 17, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Jolene

    Welcome Back Anderson! Hope you had a productive week in Africa. So are you going to tell us where PIP2 takes you next or does it have to be all top secret and stuff?

    June 17, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Missy

    Hey, Anderson, great to have you filling in for Campbell tonight. Oh, it's the other way around, isn't it? Just kidding, glad your back!

    Seriously, looking forward to the update on the weather out west. See.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Ken in NC

    Heeeeeeyyyy Erica and welcome back Anderson. Hope you are rested from your journey and hope we have some great blogs tonight.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Tracey - Boston

    Welcome home Anderson!!

    You were missed!!

    I thank you and love the work you are doing with PIP II.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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