Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff became aware that the New Orleans causing the previously contained water to flood the land behind could not be plugged. Governor Blanco ordered that all of New Orleans, including the Superdome, be evacuated due to the flooding of the city. She commandeered hundreds of buses from across Louisiana using her executive powers, and those buses eventually evacuated more than 15,000 people that were stranded in the city to the Superdome by Thursday, September 1. There were also many instances of reported looting. Governor Blanco also said that she will request President Bush send federal troops to in New Orleans. 9,668 Army National Guard and 956 Air National Guard were deployed (10,624 total), and helicopters rescue 350 people off roof tops.