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
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
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
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
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
Residents of Laplace were never told about this to my
the storm did not thit them that hard, and they were left in the
to a police scanner, I heard that local
and other first responders could not do anything without
permission from FEMA.
in their words, they were treated like "step
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
Most people did evacuate, there were well over 1 million people in
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
ALWAYS be ones who want to
knows for sure where a hurricane will make
landfall until 24 hours before it hits.
every year at least one hurricane comes near New
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.
image of photo above right
imaging from google earth New Orleans superdome
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 ogrish.com
someone who saw 3 dead.
were sent to the underpass near I-10 in
here, there was easy access to get foor and water in, it still did
not come for days.
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
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
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
click for large
the levee systems
the levee systems and Hurricane Katrina
the government, levee's reponse and failures at all levels
and issues of race, class and color
KATRINA storm images and weather maps