Good news: 182,000 rescued.
Bad News: Chris Regan and Bryan Preston, in “Ghost Plans for a Ghost Town,”, compare what happened with plans and predictions from the experience of Ivan and discussions in the November 2004 Natural Hazards Observer. Their grim (and detailed) comparisons conclude:
So the buses sat in their lots. The winds and the floods came, the unlucky local officials kicked in Plan B, and the city of New Orleans drowned with its least fortunate trapped inside. The evacuation plan was a plan, but it was really just a ghost plan with ghost buses and ghost drivers, with ghost emergency supplies kept in ghost “shelters” under control of a ghost police force with a ghost emergency communications system overseen by a ghastly governor.
It was a plan for a ghost town. That plan worked.
And here come the ghosts.
We’d better learn from them. The countless dead will expect nothing less.
But, let’s include some relatively heartening news–some things did, indeed, work. More got out, for instance, than was predicted. Richard Baehr. in The American Thinker synthesizes 7 “realities” to counter the “mythology on Katrina” he contends will keep Snopes busy in the future.
And Goldberg’s take on a moment mentioned in an earlier post: Jonah Goldberg discusses the “soft bigotry” (and tired tropes) of Randall Robinson.