Oct 12 2005
I have posted many times on the disasterous decisions by Blanco and Nagin regarding Katrina. Well, MSNBC has finally started to do some actual reporting on this scandal (hat tip: The Anchoress):
Though experts had warned it would take 48 hours to evacuate New Orleans, Blanco did not order a mandatory evacuation that Saturday.
“We’re going to pray that the impact will soften,” she said.
Blanco and the mayor waited until Sunday, Aug. 28 â€” only 20 hours before Katrina came ashore â€” to order a mandatory evacuation, the first of what disaster experts and Louisiana insiders say were serious mistakes by the governor.
Another key mistake, experts say, was Blanco’s lateness in getting the Louisiana National Guard, which she commands, on the streets to try to establish security.
There’s more, and this is not Micheal Brown’s or FEMA’s fault.