Why did Mayor Nagel fail to order a mandatory evacuation earlier before Katrina hit New Orleans?

Asked: Why did Mayor Nagel fail to order a mandatory evacuation earlier before Katrina hit New Orleans?

"First of all, there is something called federalism and states rights.Gov. Blanco must request the federal government to come in and respond.Mayor Nagle did an incredibly poor job of evacuating NO, despite specific and dire warnings from NOAA scientists and technicians.So in the immediate aftermath of the Hurricane, when it appeared that NO had escaped major damage, she had not done so…then 2 days later, when the levees broke,

"President Bush calls Governor Blanco and urges her to evacuate the endangered areas. Publicly, he urges all those living in the path of the hurricane to put their personal safety ahead of all other concerns. He even takes the unprecedented step of declaring states in the path of the oncoming storm federal disaster areas ahead of time…Such declarations make federal aid available to assist with disaster relief, but they are rarely made before a storm even hits."

Mayor Nagin finally orders an evacuation of NO on Sunday night but does not compel it by employing all buses, school buses etc:
"In the face of a catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, a mandatory evacuation is ordered for New Orleans by Mayor Ray Nagin, but is not compelled. School and metro buses are not mobilized as provided for in the Emergency Preparedness Plan…Does he go to battle stations at once, as he should? Ask the governor to deploy the Louisiana National Guard, 1,500 of whom are not in Iraq and http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/16991 – are immediately available ?

The Louisiana National Guard is on alert, but thousands of guard troops from the state are now serving in Iraq….Nagin said 1,500 troops are immediately available, however, and another 2,500 have been mobilized.

Noooo….. The Louisiana Guardsmen just sit there waiting, and strangely, Mayor Nagin fails to use his emergency preparedness plan authority to commandeer the hundreds of New Orleans parish school buses and 364 http://www.ntdprogram.com/NTD/Profiles.n – New Orleans Regional Transit Authority buses and bring them to high ground. They could be used to evacuate those residents who do not have access to automobile transportation. Once the flood waters arrive, the buses can no longer be salvaged. Some of the resources the mayor could have used to evacuate people with are shown in this http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u= – Yahoo! News photo .

Tuesday morning:
" But early this morning, another wave of storm-related surging water rushed through the levees, canals and pumps that protect this low-lying port. Two levees broke, allowing the waters to invade.

"We probably have 80 percent of our city underwater; with some sections of our city the water is as deep as 20 feet. Both airports are underwater," Mayor Ray Nagin told a radio interviewer.

Nagin evacuated City Hall and ordered everyone who was still in the city — including police officers who were not considered "central emergency personnel" — to leave. But almost all of the evacuation routes were blocked by flooding and debris.

The twin spans of Interstate 10 — the main artery in and out of town to the east — were washed out in parts and seriously damaged, officials said. Mark Lambert, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation and Development, estimated that about 40% of the eight-mile bridge was washed out by the storm….

Toward the west, the interstate was also impassable where it crosses Lake Pontchartrain because of high water. The causeway over the lake was inaccessible.

That left a tortuous route over the Mississippi River and through side streets as the only way in or out of the city — but even that route could soon be closed, authorities warned."

Thursday Sept. 1:
"Three-and-one-half dreadful days later, Governor Blanco finally uses her emergency authority to commandeer school buses to rescue the flood victims, after the city has been in total anarchy for days and dead bodies are piling up in the streets. Many parishes have already lost their school bus fleet, due to failure to make timely transfers of the much needed buses to high ground. Notice that at this point she is just initiating the call for a bus inventory. It will be a while before the request is implemented."

Thursday Night:
WWL: Do you believe that the president is seeing this, holding a news conference on it but can't do anything until [Louisiana Gov.] Kathleen Blanco requested him to do it? And do you know whether or not she has made that request?

Mayor NAGIN: I have no idea what they're doing. But I will tell you this: You know, God is looking down on all this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price. Because every day that we delay, people are dying and they're dying by the hundreds, I'm willing to be "

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Answered:
You took time to write that ****?



Answered:
your rant is seven years old.



Answered:
I guess this is supposed to alleviate responsibility of Bush's role of how the Katrina situation was handled…Bush said himself his handling of Katrina was one of the biggest regrets of his presidency..If he can admit it I don't understand why conservatives can't..There was a major "dropping of the ball" on all levels…





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Get over it.



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