Myth Buster #7...Public officials did not warn New Orleans that the levees might break
October 11, 2011
In the days and weeks after the levees broke in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, many members of Congress blamed the flood victims for their predicament. One U.S. Senator even proposed punishment for those who did not evacuate.
This wrong-headed behavior prevailed, even though the most insistent of appeals from public officials to evacuate ahead of Katrina never warned that the levees could break.
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The sooner the myths about the New Orleans flooding are dispelled, the faster the region can rebound and rebuild.
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The October 2005 photo above at 40th Street near the 17th Street Canal breach site includes a rarely mentioned loss that occured when the levees broke; the widespread deforestation and death of mature magnolia trees. Photo/ Steve Nelson
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