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Latest Effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans Stories

2008-09-08 15:00:33

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools." -- Herbert Spencer Hurricane Gustav last week spared New Orleans a Katrina-like onslaught. While it was still a bad Category 2 storm, the levees held. And federal, state and city officials managed to evacuate most of the city before Gustav arrived, in a nice display of inter- governmental cooperation. Mayor Ray Nagin, who was in charge during Katrina, put it forcefully: "You need to get your...

2008-09-04 09:00:22

By Adam Nossiter and John Schwartz Thayer Evans contributed reporting from Houma, Louisiana. * A mostly smooth evacuation from Hurricane Gustav turned sour as many New Orleans-area residents trying to return to their homes were turned away at roadblocks into the city or were stranded in parking lots across the region. Mayor C. Ray Nagin said Tuesday night that most residents would have to wait until after midnight Thursday to come back because power and medical care were not back to...

2008-09-04 09:00:03

By Mary Foster and Melinda Deslatte Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of people who fled Hurricane Gustav forced the city to reluctantly open its doors Wednesday, but nearly 1.2 million homes and businesses across Louisiana were still without electricity and officials said it could take as long as a month to fully restore power. As residents came home to New Orleans, President Bush returned to the site of one of the biggest failures of his presidency to show that the government...

2008-09-03 09:00:21

AS HURRICANE Gustav, larger and more dangerous than 2005's Katrina, barreled toward Louisiana last weekend, nearly 2 million people evacuated coastal areas in a coordinated, methodical effort. Shelters opened hundreds of miles inland. Patients were airlifted from hospitals and nursing homes. Volunteers helped register evacuees' pets, which were then trucked to shelters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency prepared truckloads of water, meals, blankets, cots and tarps and implemented a...

2008-09-03 09:00:02

By Becky Bohrer and Doug Simpson Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Millions fled the Gulf Coast in fear of Hurricane Gustav, billed as the apocalyptic "mother of all storms." It didn't deliver. Now, with three other storms lining up in the Atlantic some fear people might not listen next time. And "next time" could come as soon as this week with Tropical Storm Hanna expected to head toward the east coast of Florida, Georgia or South Carolina after killing at least 21 in Haiti. New Orleans...

2008-09-03 06:00:02

By Adam Nossiter, Damien Cave, Kareem Fahim and James Barron Shaila Dewan contributed reporting from New Orleans; Eric Lipton and Steven Lee Myers from Washington; Thayer Evans from Lafayette, Louisiana; Staci Semrad from San Antonio, Texas; James C. McKinley Jr. from Lake Charles, Louisiana; and James Barron, Anahad O'Connor and Wil Moss from New York. * This nearly deserted city appeared to have escaped threats of full-scale devastation when Hurricane Gustav came ashore 70 miles to...

2008-09-02 09:00:37

Utility officials say Hurricane Gustav left more than a million people without power Tuesday on the U.S. Gulf Coast. That number was expected to grow as evacuees returned home and reported outages, The Washington Post reported. While the levees of New Orleans remained intact, property damage elsewhere in Louisiana and Mississippi would make power restoration as difficult as it was after Hurricane Katrina three years ago, The Times-Picayne in New Orleans reported. Seven people were...

2008-09-02 09:00:03

From wire reports NEW ORLEANS This nearly deserted city appeared to have escaped threats of full-scale devastation Monday when Hurricane Gustav came ashore 70 miles to the southwest, bearing winds and rain far less formidable than earlier forecast. The storm smashed through the bayou country of rural Louisiana, raising fears of widespread coastal erosion and damage to fishing villages that state officials were unable to confirm Monday evening. But before making landfall, it was...

2008-09-01 09:00:03

From wire reports NEW ORLEANS With a historic evacuation of 1.9 million people from the Louisiana coast complete, gun-toting police and National Guardsmen stood watch as rain started to fall on this city's empty streets Sunday night - as the nation waited to see if Hurricane Gustav would be another Katrina. The storm was set to crash ashore midday today with frightful force, testing the three years of planning and rebuilding that followed Katrina's devastating blow to the Gulf Coast....

2008-09-01 09:00:02

By Stacey Plaisance and Becky Bohrer Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- With a historic evacuation of nearly 2 million people from the Louisiana coast complete, gun-toting police and National Guardsmen stood watch as rain started to fall on this city's empty streets Sunday night -- and even presidential politics took a back seat as the nation waited to see if Hurricane Gustav would be another Katrina. The storm was set to crash ashore today with frightful force, testing the three years of...


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