Skeptics have said that the French Quarter remained relatively dry after the hurricane hit because it sits on higher ground – while others have insisted that the streets around the Ritz, which is technically one block away from that neighborhood, did flood.
But deGersdorff insisted that she never saw any bodies floating by the posh hotel – though its underground basement briefly flooded. The first floor was filled with six to eight inches of water, she said.
“I don’t know what Brian Williams saw or didn’t see, but I for sure didn’t see any bodies floating,” deGersdorff said. Other hotel employees didn’t spot any bodies either, she added.