Katrina Timeline

Katrina Timeline.

Think Progress has an excellent Katrina timeline, with citations.

It’s been a strange few weeks. The beginning of fall is, seemingly, a time for tragedy. The only difference this year is that the tragedy isn’t personal in nature. I alternate between being grateful, and feeling a little guilty for it.


  1. Erin says:

    I think some of the things on that timeline are a little disingenuous. The levee being topped is not the same thing as the levee being breached; most of the predictions before the fact seem to refer to the former and not the latter.

    Otherwise it’s a good reference to have.

  2. Becky says:

    That’s true, but there’s no mention of the how the pumps were expected to withstand the hurricane — I’d be interested to know what the predictions of that were. Also, John Martin suspected that a factor in the levee breaches was the presence of water on both sides of the levee — not a common occurance, obviously, and I don’t know if they were engineered to withstand that.

    Meanwhile, I was brought up a bit short by this:

    Around 112,000 Orleanians do not own cars, according to census data. Nagin urged those people to seek rides with friends, family, neighbors and church members. Those who could not find rides were urged to get to the Superdome as quickly as possible.

    Doesn’t it seem likely that if you don’t own a car, most of your friends, family, and neighbors don’t, either?

  3. Becky says:

    Also, and then I’ll stop blabbering on about this, four of the nine parishes — including St. Charles Parish, which I think was the hardest hit? — didn’t have shelters.

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