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Friday, September 02, 2005

Katrina: Mayor Ray Nagin

Audio of WWL-AM interview today with New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin. [Thanks, Dave]

That first night the flooding started, I heard him on either TV or radio (can't remember anymore). At that time I thought to myself, "he's in denial." Well, he is no longer in denial (if he ever really was). This is a man who knows what needs to be done and how to do. He needs resources.

ADDED: Transcript

Posted by Marie at September 2, 2005 4:25 PM


Seems that he had a few resources he could have used but didn't:


Posted by: GeezAnon at September 2, 2005 5:15 PM

Yes. School buses under water. Assuming you're talking about using them to evacuate people without means before the hurricane came through, I don't know what any of the people in charge were thinking. I just don't know.

Posted by: Marie at September 2, 2005 6:32 PM

The buses. I watched people going into the Superdome and thought, nope, not for me. Get everyone as far out of town as you can. Because it just didn't make any sense to concentrate a bunch of vulnerable people in one place, first of all, in case something went seriously wrong there. And second: The authorities told people to bring their own food in, which indicated they didn't have a handle on the basic necessities needed to take care of people for several days.

Of course, if people had been bused out of the disaster zone, no one would have been prepared for that, either, given how careless the planning was for everything else.

Posted by: Dan at September 2, 2005 8:28 PM

Ah, right. During that window of time right after the hurricane moved on. (Somebody should write a minute by minute timeline of this thing.) I don't think anyone had any idea how long the trouble would last, much less the magnitude of the devestation that was yet to come.

Dan, I thought the same thing about the concentration of people in the Superdome - like sitting ducks.

Posted by: Marie at September 2, 2005 9:10 PM

Incredible interview.

Thanks for sharing the link.


Posted by: JeromeProphet at September 3, 2005 12:29 AM

if i could give my heart to the city of new orleans i would peel back the skin on my chest that conceals this dark luminosity
if i could give my soul to those that have lost theirs i would subscribe to the unknowing
if i could sacrifice my life for the thousands that are lifeless i would immolate
if my eyes could sponge up the waters that flooded i would tape back my lids and let my two orbs labor
if i could talk to god i would come down from the firmaments with the answers that you seek albeit their shirk-ness
and convey to you the reasons why katrina abrogated

Posted by: tarius montague roberts at September 4, 2005 3:28 AM

What is that supposed to mean?

Posted by: Marie at September 4, 2005 11:52 AM

I want to give out my empathy for thoes who lost and thoes who are lost physically and emotionally... May God be with you and keep your head up and always always stay together. we are living in the last times keep him in your heart and life.

Posted by: Shantel Taylor Frm: Louisville, Kentucky at September 23, 2005 2:34 PM