AP CLARIFICATION ON BUSH/KATRINA VIDEO

AP FRIDAY NIGHT CLARIFICATION ON BUSH/KATRINA VIDEO
Fri Mar 03 2006 19:48:29 ET
Clarification: Katrina-Video story
ASSOCIATED PRESSWASHINGTON (AP)
In a March 1 story, The Associated Press reported that federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees in New Orleans, citing confidential video footage of an Aug. 28 briefing among U.S. officials. The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees, rather than the levees breaking.The day before the storm hit, Bush was told there were grave concerns that the levees could be overrun. It wasn't until the next morning, as the storm was hitting, that Michael Brown, then head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bush had inquired about reports of breaches. Bush did not participate in that briefing.

Comments

Unknown said…
I think it's time for everyone to move on and concentrate on rebuilding Louisiana from the destruction suffered from TWO hurricanes, not just one. There's a video of Bush acting incompetent, and there's a video of Blanco acting incompetent, and we all know about Ray Nagin. We need people in office more concerned with producing results than pointing fingers to deflect blame. All three levels of gov't failed us in Katrina, and only the local/parish levels stepped up to the plate in Rita, well, except of TX's state gov't running pretty efficiently.
Anonymous said…
Nick..Well stated.

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