Yes, quite sad.
People in general have a specific period of disbelief and shock after the event. They'll even help out strangers and such.
Then, after a bit of time passes, the reality sets in and **** starts to happen, like we're seeing now.
That's my psych minor that I earned in college talking..... God help everyone there... went through a lesser-but-similar event called hurricane Ike 4 years back...