Friday, September 16, 2005

Swirling Questions Around Hurricane Katrina

1. Why wasn't the plan followed?
Interesting that the detailed plan web page now has this message:

Access Denied

Either you are not currently logged in, or you do not have access to this tab page within the portal. Please contact the portal administrator to obtain access.

2. What happened to the access to the detailed evacuation plan?

3. Why did this happen?

4. Why was the Red Cross kept out?

Acess (sic) to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local
authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot
enter New Orleans against their orders.
5. What did they do with all that money they received?
Army's engineers spent millions on Louisiana projects labeled as pork

6. Why didn't they fix the problems exposed LAST YEAR?

Ivan exposes flaws in N.O.'s disaster plans
05:09 PM CDT on Sunday,
September 19, 2004.

7. Why such looting during such a catastrophe?

A Perfect Storm of Lawlessness

8. How could FEMA overlook this assistance?

9. What has the Orleans Levee Board been up to?

In December of 1995, the Orleans Levee Board, the local government entity that oversees the levees and floodgates designed to protect New Orleans and the surrounding areas from rising waters, bragged in a supplement to the Times-Picayune newspaper about federal money received to protect the region from hurricanes.

"In the past four years, the Orleans Levee Board has built up its arsenal. The additional defenses are so critical that Levee Commissioners marched into Congress and brought back almost $60 million to help pay for protection," the pamphlet declared. "The most ambitious flood-fighting plan in generations was drafted. An unprecedented $140 million building campaign launched 41
Why did the city fail to take advantage of what Amtrak says was its offer to take a couple hundred passengers on its last train out of New Orleans?

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