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Today in History - Aug 28, 2005

Hurricane Katrina reached category 5 strength...

Louisiana's Superdome was opened as a 'refuge of last resort' in New Orleans...

Experts: Models predicted New Orleans disaster
Hurricane Katrina: Homeland Security won't let Red Cross deliver food
Why FEMA Turned Away Help
“For days after the disaster, help and volunteers of all sorts headed for New Orleans with relief supplies and expertise, only to be stopped and turned away by FEMA.”

Hurricane Simulation Predicted 61,290 Dead
“As #HurricaneKatrina roared into the Gulf of Mexico, emergency planners pored over maps and charts of a hurricane simulation that projected 61,290 dead and 384,257 injured or sick in a catastrophic flood..."
Evacuees Were Turned Away at Gretna, La.

Follow-up in 2010: Crescent City Connection blockade lawsuit in federal court comes to an end nola.com/katrina/index.…
Follow-up in 2011: Crescent City Connection blockade after Hurricane Katrina wasn't illegal, U.S. Justice Department says nola.com/politics/index…
NRA: The Untold Story of Gun Confiscation After Katrina

"Cynthia McKinney, Green Party Presidential candidate, charged the Department of Defense with the cover-up of 5,000 execution-style deaths during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005 on September 28." nolanchart.com/article5123-cy…
New Orleans Pump Contract Investigated (2009, Re: #HurricaneKatrina)
New Orleans woman given 3-year sentence in Hurricane Katrina fraud case
New Orleans mayor thought CIA agents were trying to POISON him after Hurricane Katrina
Ex-New Orleans Mayor Starts Long Jail Term for Corruption

U.S. found liable for Hurricane Katrina flooding (faulty canal system)
Federal lawsuit claims Orleans Parish judges create 'debtors’ prison' by illegally jailing people for failure to pay fees and fines without hearing theadvocate.com/new_orleans/ne…

June 21, 2017
Cut off by Tropical Storm Cindy, some New Orleanians wade through the floodwaters
Blake Pontchartrain: the pumping station near Metairie Cemetery
The project was completed in 2004, 15 months before Katrina

It wasn’t even a hurricane, but heavy rains flooded New Orleans as pumps faltered
September 28, 2005
Michael Chertoff SURPRISED that New Orleans' levees broke!!
August 26, 2005
Blanco's State of Emergency letter to President Bush
August 27, 2005

Governor Blanco asks President to Declare an Emergency for the State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina
First Responders Urged Not To Respond To Hurricane Impact Areas Unless Dispatched By State, Local Authorities
July 23, 2004
FEMA concludes "Hurricane Pam" drill
Washing Away: Worst-case scenarios if a hurricane hits Louisiana (2002) nola.com/environment/in…
October 29, 2004
"A slow-moving Category 3 hurricane or larger will flood the city. There will be between 17 and 20 feet of standing water, and New Orleans as we now know it will no longer exist."
—Ivor van Heerden
“The Man Who Predicted Katrina” pbs.org/wgbh/nova/eart…
The Wood Screw Pump:
(1995) A Study of the Drainage Development of New Orleans web.archive.org/web/2001122102…
Storm-battered parish considers hired guns
Contractors in Louisiana would make arrests, carry weapons
By Renae Merle
The Washington Post
Updated: 1:06 a.m. ET March 14, 2006

Unfortunately this is no longer available but I copied the text a few years ago into my google doc:
Photos of the Lower 9th Ward, Slidell, New Orleans, Metairie, and other areas after Hurricane Katrina. archive.is/iPnwb#selectio…
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