Hurricane Katrina Actual Timeline
Friday, Aug. 26:
Gov. Kathleen Blanco declares a state of emergency in Louisiana and requests troop
Saturday, Aug. 27: Gov. Blanco asks for federal state of emergency. A federal
emergency is declared giving federal officials the authority to get involved.
Sunday, Aug. 28: Mayor Ray Nagin orders mandatory evacuation of New Orleans.
President Bush warned of Levee failure by National Hurricane Center. National Weather
Service predicts area will be "uninhabitable" after Hurricane arrives. First reports
of water toppling over the levee appear in local paper.
Monday, Aug. 29:
Levee breaches and New Orleans begins to fill with water, Bush travels to Arizona
and California to discuss Medicare. FEMA chief finally responds to federal emergency,
dispatching employees but giving them two days to arrive on site.
Tuesday, Aug. 30: Mass looting reported, security shortage cited in New Orleans.
Pentagon says that local authorities have adequate National Guard units to handle
hurricane needs despite governor's earlier request. Bush returns to Crawford for
final day of vacation. TV coverage is around-the-clock Hurricane news.
Wednesday, Aug. 31:
Tens of thousands trapped in New Orleans including at Convention Center and Superdome
in "medieval" conditions. President Bush finally returns to Washington to establish
a task force to coordinate federal response. Local authorities run out of food and
Thursday, Sept. 1:
New Orleans descends into anarchy. New Orleans Mayor issues a "Desperate SOS" to
federal government. Bush claims nobody predicted the breach of the levees despite
multiple warnings and his earlier briefing.
Friday, Sept. 2: Karl Rove begins Bush administration campaign to blame state
and local officials—despite their repeated requests for help. Bush stages a
photo-op—diverting Coast Guard helicopters and crew to act as backdrop for
cameras. Levee repair work orchestrated for president's visit and White House press
Saturday, Sept. 3:
Bush blames state and local officials. Senior administration official (possibly Rove)
caught in a lie claiming Gov. Blanco had not declared a state of emergency or asked
Monday, Sept. 5:
New Orleans officials begin to collect their dead.
(Adapted from: Katrina
Don't believe otherwise no matter how the right-wing machine is trying to spin what happened.
Posted for posterity and future reference.