Thursday, August 28, 2008

Remembering Hurricane Katrina

NOLA Timeline:

Wednesday August 24
First alerts of a tropical storm stirring in Carribean

Friday August 26
• Most residents work a full day and take "wait and see" approach
• 5 p.m. warnings from National Weather Service show Hurricane Katrina take a turn, set New Orleans within range

Saturday August 27
• Saturday morning most residents learn that Katrina's path is set for New Orleans
• Metro-area evacuations begin en masse clogging all outbound ateries of the city for 48 hours
• St. Tammany, St. Charles, Plaquemines Parishes announce mandatory evacuations
• Orleans and Jefferson Parish both announce voluntary evacuations
• Governor Blanco sends "State of Emergency" letter to President Bush
• LSU scientists issue a projected storm surge map

Sunday August 28
• At 9:30 a.m. Orleans Parish issues first-ever mandatory evacuation
• At 10 a.m. Katrina becomes a Category 5 storm with winds of 175 m.p.h.
• At 11:30 a.m., President Bush vows to help those affected by the storm
• State puts contrflow plan into effect on interstates
• Superdome houses 26,000 residents as city's "refuge of last resort"
• Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, telephones the Times-Picayune to warn of a "worst-case scenario"
• Tropical storm-force winds close down emergency services in metro area
• At 9 p.m., Times-Picayune building loses power, generators power up

Monday August 29
• At 3 a.m., Katrina makes landfall as a Category 3 hurricane at the Southwest Pass at the mouth of the Mississippi River
• Metro-area emergency officals hold status meeting
• At 6 a.m., 317,000 households are without power
• At 7 a.m., water reported coming over the levee in the 9th Ward
• At 8:45 a.m., six to eight-foot flood waters reported in Lower 9th Ward
• At 9 a.m., winds rip hole in roof of Superdome
• At 9 a.m., eye of the storm passes to the east of New Orleans central business district. Windows in high-rise buildings blow out
• 11 a.m., NWS reports a breach in the Industrial Canal levee, emptying Lake Pontchartrain into the neighborhoods of Eastern New Orleans, the Lower Ninth Ward in Orleans Parish and all of St. Bernard Parish
• 2 p.m., breach in the 17th Street Canal is confirmed. Flooding of Lakeview, Mid-City, Broodmoor, Gentilly result over the next 48 hours.
• 2 p.m., flood waters in the Lower Ninth Ward reach 12 feet in some areas
• Flood waters continue to rise and it becomes apparent that it is a worst-case scenerio

Louisiana 1927
~Aaron Neville
[ 3:10 ]

Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area early morning August 29, 2005. The storm surge breached the city's levees at multiple points, leaving 80 percent of the city submerged, tens of thousands of victims clinging to rooftops, and hundreds of thousands scattered to shelters around the country. Three weeks later, Hurricane Rita reflooded much of the area. The devastation to the Gulf Coast by these two hurricanes has been called the greatest disaster in our nation's history.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"

"Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children."

~Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 28, 1963
"I Have A Dream"
Speech At Lincoln Memorial

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