While it's true that the two hurricanes hit at different intensity levels, the important differences can best be described as a tale of two cities - New Orleans and Houston.
Houston (a town five times larger than New Orleans) was able to evacuate nearly 100% of its citizen - credit regular drills and planning by County Executive Eckels and government officials in Houston and a much more mobile and independent population for this result. Unfortunately, such planning couldn't take place in New Orleans. Earlier this year, a Louisiana a federal grand jury returned two separate indictments charging three members of the emergency relief agency responsible for New Orleans with misuse of federal disaster funds, and then there was the unfortunate political breakdown which prevented the buses from being deployed to assist the immobile New Orleans population.
Not sure if ppl are aware that members of Louisiana emergency relief agency were charged with misuse of funds before Katrina hit.
Oct 1, '05
Yes. Some were indicted following an investigation by Louisiana State Sen. Reggie Dupre, a Democrat representing District 20
He called the curruption, "A brother-in-law deal"
That's what they all say.
Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Oct 1, '05