I see Eggers makes a reference to The Great Deluge in his endnotes. I have a copy sitting on my shelves which I bought soon after it came out, but haven't gotten around to reading. However, after reading this salon review I'm not sure I want to wade into it. The New York Times provides a more favorable review. Perhaps, as Barra noted in his review, because Brinkley fawned over the media's coverage of the event, noting the NY Times among other publications as having given the disaster the attention it warranted. Anyway, will open it up and take a look inside.
I also have Spike Lee's account of events, When the Levees Broke, which I will sit down and watch at some point.