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Hurricane Katrina / State of Emergency / New Orleans / Parker Interview #801939

CNN Evening News for Friday, Sep 02, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The state of emergency in the Gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina updated; statistics on damages cited; scenes shown of the people waiting at various venues.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The dire predictions about a disaster that were mapped out years ago reviewed; details given {& quoted} from the New Orleans "Time-Picayune" stories on what could happen with a major hurricane. [Joint task force Katrina commander Lt. Gen. Russel HONORE†- says no was clairvoyant about the extent of the damage from the storm.] [Jefferson County emergency preparedness Dr. Walter MAESTRI†- predicts people will drown in their beds.] ["Time-Picayune" staff writer John McQUADE†- says most of the things in the articles came true; states there was not an adequate plan to deal with this scenario.] The plan to shore up the levee system noted.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with former Army Corps of Engineers head Michael Parker† about the levee project. [From Washington, PARKER - says the planned project was huge in nature; recalls the post-1965 plan that has never been completed 40 years later because of the political emphasis on instant gratification; comments on the role of the OMB as gatekeeper which leads to limited information.]

Reporter(s):
Brown, Aaron
Duration:
00:11:00

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