"MAF (Michoud Assembly Facility), the very place where we needed the most intensive work activity for Return To Flight Part 2, was almost directly in Katrina's path and was hit pretty hard. Lots of damage to facility. Rough estimate is that 60% of workers there lost their homes. Also estimate 4-6 weeks to restore power and water to facility. Since the ET is so key right now, KSC has been asked to ascertain what, if any, ET PAL ramp rework could possibly be done here."
Katrina damages NASA facilities, Orlando Sentinel
"Katrina undoubtedly will have a considerable impact on the shuttle program. It could be weeks, perhaps months, before power and communications are fully restored to the area. Many of the plant's workers likely will be displaced."
"The Marshall Space Flight Center is already helping tremendously by serving as a hub for off-site emergency procurement activities. Two helicopter flights from Marshall will deliver communication equipment and other supplies to the facilities today."
"Background: Both Michoud Processing Facility and NASA's Stennis Space Center remain closed. Stennis and Michoud house some important elements of the Space Shuttle Program, including the main engines, External Tanks and some orbiter hardware. Below is a summary of Hurricane Katrina impacts as of Tuesday midday."
"- 4000 stayed overnight. SSC is sort of a refugee camp now. About half have left by now to go look at their homes.
- Many SSC employees lost their homes. Anything south of I-10 is gone or flooded. They may need to house some employees indefinitely."
"NASA will provide new information as it becomes available. For updates, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/hurricane"