Hurricane Katrina 911review

New Orleans International Airport

MSY New orleans airport medical - injured left to die

I knew someone who was at the airport during this time.
There were doctors and nurses willing to help, but were turned away .
No one wanted to authorize them.
The Authorization had to come from
Department of Homeland Security .

My friend was flown to Texas against her will,
and had to pay her own way for a flight back.
She wanted to stay in New Orleans,
and only went to the airport for medical assistance.

The worst part about not having local police was that ANYONE with ANY kind of badge wrote thier own ticket.
Fireman, police from outside New Orleans, military, National guard etc....
These people came in and confiscated vehicles, generators, and just about anything they wanted.
Several car dealerships had cars taken from them, mainly by people with badges.
FEMA actually took control of the power grid for Laplace (a city just outside New Orleans)
I dont know what for.
New Orleans and Kenner still did not have power for weeks after.
Residents of Laplace were never told about this to my understaning.
the storm did not thit them that hard, and they were left in the dark.

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Listening to a police scanner, I heard that local law enforcement,
 and other first responders could not do anything without permission from FEMA.
in their words, they were treated like "step children".

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New Orleans Superdome

Mayor Nagin told people to get out, he first said that the Superdome would not be used,
but then used it as a last resort.
This was the first time New Orleans ever hade a mandatory evacuation.
Most people did evacuate, there were well over 1 million people in New Orleans.
NO mayor could have gotten everyone out.
Many people did not have the resources to drive 100 miles to the closest OPEN hotel room.
Then have money to stay for WEEKS at a time.

In my opinion, Mayor Nagin did everything he could.
The prolem wasnt the day of the hurricane.
The REAL problem was days later, when no one arrived to help.

There will ALWAYS be ones who want to stay.
No one knows for sure where a hurricane will make landfall until 24 hours before it hits.
every year at least one hurricane comes near New Orleans.

What is so sad, is the the media was able to get in to take pictures,
but FEMA and other assitance did not, not for a week.

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Many died at the superdome.
The reports go back and forth depending who you talk to, and which news you read,
but i know, many people died that week.

dont believe me?
go to and search Katrina victims.
heres some samples

I know someone who saw 3 dead.

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others were sent to the underpass near I-10 in metairie.
here, there was easy access to get foor and water in, it still did not come for days.

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Several months after, New Orleans is not much better.
Many people are not coming back.
They are taking the insurance money and selling their homes as is.
There are car graveyards. The cars can not be re-sold by law.
unfortunately, some parts are useable, but will be crushed with the car

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Boats were tossed about ending up on peoples homes, or in their yards.
Roads were not accessible for weeks becuase of trees down.
Other debris and even homes were often in the middle of the road.

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