Hurricane Katrina Timeline

News stories about Katrina in the order that we carried them (some links may be broken)


 Areas of Louisiana once received hundreds of thousands of dollars from "Project Impact," FEMA's largest disaster-prevention program, until the Bush Administration eliminated it in 2001.

Bush received warnings that this was one of the "three likeliest, most catastrophic disasters" and did nothing but stay on vacation and cut funding

President Discusses Hurricane Katrina and mentions Terrorists 6 (six) times


 80% of New Orleans under water. Louisiana National Guard insists they have enough men, despite that 3,000 of them are in Iraq


Bush cuts two days off his month long vacation to attend photo-op: Bush plays the guitar while New Orleans floods 

Hugo Chavez offers fuel and food to hurricane victims

Congress cut hundreds of millions of dollars from New Orleans flood control projects to pay for the war in Iraq

Will Katrina Sink the Economy?

9-1-05 (Beginning of national preparedness month)

Superdome evacuation halted amid gunfire

Bush worried about possible economic collapse triggered by Katrina

 President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain levee due to funds needed for Iraq

 The Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war

"That man, the king of vacations ... the king of vacations in his ranch said nothing but, you have to flee, and didn't say how .

Bush acknowledges incompetence on Good Morning America

The Pentagon said that it will add 10,000 National Guard soldiers from around the country to areas of Louisiana and Mississippi ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The devastation on the gulf coast offers the GOP nothing to advance its cause. Therefore, they officially ignore it: The official Republican Party website (as of this posting)


New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday as corpses lay abandoned in street medians, fights and fires broke out, cops turned in their badges and the governor declared war on looters who have made the city a menacing landscape of disorder and fear. 

 We are like animals,' a mother says inside the Louisiana Superdome, where hope and supplies are sparse.

Mayor issues statement: "This is a desperate SOS. Conditions at the Convention Center are out of control. We are allowing everybody to march to the expressway for relief".

Rapes & Beatings in the Convention Center: Angry Mob beats back 88 police officers

As a tired, hungry and frustrated crowd chanted "Help us! Help us! in front of the New Orleans Convention Center, someone pulled back a filthy blanket to reveal a gray-haired man slumped dead in a lawn chair

Sniper fire halts hospital evacuation

Collection of Katrina photos

Timeline that outlines the fate of both FEMA and flood control projects in New Orleans under the Bush administration

Chaos in increasingly desperate New Orleans "No one can say they didn't see it coming"

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." Yeah, no one except for the Army Corp of Engineers who repeatedly asked for and were denied funds for flood prevention

2002 Louisiana Wetlands Doc. - note Part 4: Hurricane Risk for New Orleans.

Insult to injury: September is National Preparedness Month

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff: “We’re Much Better Prepared Than We’ve Ever Been”

NPR grills Homeland Security Secretary about why nothing is being done for the thousands of people in the New Orleans Convention Center who have no food and water; the Secretary claims that's just a rumor

Waiting for a Leader

FEMA directing Katrina Donations to Pat Robertson

NOW with Bill Moyers. Transcript. The City in a Bowl

There will be no large-scale shifting of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan to help with disaster relief in Louisiana and Mississippi, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said Thursday.

There were not enough helicopters to repair the breached levees and rescue people trapped by rising water. Nor are there enough Louisiana National Guardsmen available to help with rescue efforts and to patrol against looting.

What's important to the Republican Party: This email from the RNC just went out to its list

Police (in uniform) caught on camera looting - cart and all The president's 35-minute Air Force One flyover of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama was the perfect metaphor for his entire presidency: detached, disconnected, and disengaged. Preferring to take in America's suffering -- whether caused by the war in Iraq or Hurricane Katrina -- from a distance. In this case, 2,500 feet

 It will take just a couple more days of almost 100 degree weather to really bring this New Orleans stew to an incomprehensible completion with the bloated corpses of pets, animals and yes, people. As morbid as it is, it soon will be all too easy to find the missing.

 The Poor and Hurricane Katrina: Left Behind to Drown

 Email attributed to NOLA rescue worker; economics of disaster

Lost in the Flood: Why no mention of race or class in TV's Katrina coverage?


President Bush: "Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." (Laughter.)

Louisiana Congressman not allowed to visit Bush. Worse: Helicopter aid flights in Louisiana were prevented while Bush was in the state Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans? "The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane."

President Bush indicated yesterday morning that the United States had not requested foreign help and didn't need it.

FEMA forbids rescue flotilla of 500 airboats from entering New Orleans over worries it's too dangerous a place for people to be

FEMA to Chicago: Thanks, but we don't need your help

 US holds up Canadian help for Katrina victims

Updates of the team's work and experiences will be posted on the City of Vancouver's website

Despite accusations and excuses of a lack of manpower, there are 124,000 National Guard troops available in the storm-hit states alone

Halliburton hired for storm cleanup

Man who stole an abandoned school bus and rescued strangers could get in trouble for getting the bus

LA National Guard Wants Equipment to Come Back From Iraq : Dozens of high water vehicles, humvees, refuelers and generators are now abroad, and in the event of a major natural disaster that, could be a problem.

Newsview: Rhetoric Not Matching in Relief

CNN: Official version vs. reality

Amid the chaos, looting, suffering and dying, President Bush sneaks in a recess appointment for a stalled justice official.

Cheney plays it safe and remains on vacation in Jackson, WY

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert flip flops on rebuilding New Orleans

 Bill Clinton on Hastert: "I'm afraid I would have assaulted him."

Is Bush to Blame for New Orleans Flooding?

Kanye West says "Bush doesn't care about black people."

New Orleans Isn't Anarchy, It's government-run chaos

Rush Limbaugh renames hurricane to hurricane Katrina Vanden Heuvel (liberal, editor of The Nation)


Levee repairs faked for Bush photo op

There was a striking discrepancy between the CNN International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued the following statement this afternoon regarding her call yesterday for President Bush to appoint a cabinet-level official to oversee Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts within 24 hours.

New Orleans police officer says that National Guard troops sat around playing cards while people died in the stricken city after Hurricane Katrina

The Homeland Security Department has requested and continues to request that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans

 Michael Chertoff: 'we don't tell them to get ready and leave in 24 hours, unless it's some sort of big emergency'

First-hand account from boater who was part of a convoy of 500 citizen boats that sped to NO and were denied entry. Entire city of New Orleans will remain abandoned for nine months, and many residents will remain homeless for two years according to U.S. officials

 Article on the Army Times web page is referring to American citizens in New Orleans as "the insurgency".

"Last night at 8 p.m. they shot a kid of just 16. He was just crossing the street. They ran him over, the New Orleans police did, and then they got out of the car and shot him in the head"

Police On The Rampage in New Orleans 'Stop the car right now,' reporter told. `Back up, or I'll shoot' The last of more than 350 images shot by Oleniuk depicted officers delivering a fierce beating to the two suspects, an assault so fearsome one of the suspects defecated.

The last bedraggled refugees were rescued from the Superdome on Saturday and the convention center was all but cleared, leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying, the elderly and frail stranded too many days without food, water or medical care.

Fearing riots, National Guard rejects food airdrops

Many people dieing at NOLA airport. Bill Frist: "The hallways are filled, the floors are filled. A lot more than eight to ten people are dying a day"

"The following comes from a woman who works in the VA system in Shreveport, LA."

In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility. No, really!

Bush administration officials blamed state and local authorities for what leaders at all levels have called a failure of the country's emergency management.

300 troops with kin in Katrina zone sent home

Very high res pictures of Katrina damage


List of useful radio frequencies and links for Katrina Info

This map is intended for the use of people affected by Hurricane Katrina who have or are trying to find information about the status of specific locations affected by the storm and its aftermath. If you have information about the status of an area that is not yet on the map, please contribute by following the instructions

FEMA cut parish's emergency communication lines, turned away water and gas supplies among other atrocities.

On the ground report from Superdome triage Condi's words to hurricane victims: "The Lord Jesus Christ is going to come on time." She added: "If we just wait."

Billmon compares the administration's current incompetent performance with last year's relief efforts in...ahem...Florida.

Army Corp of Engineers report that some of its contractors were killed by police as they walked across a bridge on the way to repair a canal

Doctors and medical supplies that have shown up from across the USA are stranded and marooned amongst government red-tape

An 85,000-barrel crude oil tank owned by Murphy Oil Corp. has spilled into the flood waters because of damage from Hurricane Survivors reveal Superdome horror: Stories of rape, murder and suicide have emerged.

Big oil's bigtime looting: Zero tolerance is meaningless when the White House lets the biggest looters of Hurricane Katrina walk off with billions of dollars.

Despite years of warning that a hurricane could crush NOLA, the head of Homeland Security says feds had no plan for such a disaster.


 Washington post runs a retraction. Apparently the governor declared a state of emergency on the 26th of august... not "never" as they had originally claimed

Live TV feed from New Orleans, Louisiana

 Interview with the Northern Command that appeared on the BBC? "So we had things ready. The only caveat is, we have to wait until the President authorizes us to do so. "

"They [the authorities] said to them 'well show us what you've got' - doing signs for them to lift their t-shirts up. The girls said no, and they said 'well fine', and motored off down the road in their motorboat. "That's the sort of help we had from the authorities,"

Bush photo op food distribution point dismantled as soon as he and the media move on

Cops beating up, stealing cameras of New Orleans photojournalists who take unfavorable pictures

 Castro's offer of 1500 doctors with medicine for Gulf Coast goes unanswered.

Norway: No answer yet to US aid offer Norway's Foreign Ministry was waiting on Monday to hear back from their counterparts in the US, after making concrete offers of aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Many nations offer material aid to hurricane victims; Bush refuses to accept

Volunteer physicians are pouring in to care for the sick, but red tape is keeping hundreds of others from caring for Hurricane Katrina survivors even as health officials worry about potential outbreaks.

Venezuela donates 1 million barrels of oil to the US

Firefighters from Houston are livid at FEMA after being made to wait 5 days to help. They never were allowed in and finally gave up and went home

August 27, 2005: Whitehouse Statement on Federal Emergency Assistance for Louisiana

"I have determined that this incident will be of such severity and magnitude that effective response will be beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments" - Kathleen Blanco, Gov. LA in her Request for Federal assistance under the Stafford Act. (.pdf)

 Reporters' log: Katrina's aftermath

We deserve answers, Mr. President (Joe Scarborough)

Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff Refuses To Resign

New Orleans paper rips federal response

video of Keith Olbermann: The law and order and terror government can not protect us from a WMD called water

 Hillary Clinton is calling for a 9/11 type commission to investigate why the Feds were so slow in response

Bush's mom says NOLA victims are used to living in squalor. Her Beautiful Mind: "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (she chuckled)--this is working very well for them."


 380 lb. NO patient euthanized because he can't be evacuated.

The airboats finally make it into New Orleans. Now that the critical first 72 hours for survival is well passed

Geraldo Rivera rescues same woman twice - in case cameraman missed the first one 9-6

Here's the video

Pumps turned on in New Orleans America’s Nero: Bush’s impeachable failure

"Tragic events in New Orleans have laid bare America's bigotry and exposed the lie of equal opportunity ."

Al Gore flies 140 elderly/infirmed Katrina survivors to Tennessee hospitals on his own dime


 The local, state, and federal government response to Hurricane Katrina went so well, Tom Delay cancels investigation into what went wrong

Bush launches inquiry and puts himself in charge of it. In other news, OJ still looking for the real killer

Reporters not allowed to take pictures of the dead in New Orleans

A U.S. Naval hospital ship sat in the gulf waiting for orders to begin helping with the disaster. The orders came too late and were too little. 1200 beds are on this ship, which was in New Orleans on Monday, the day after the hurricane. Not one person was brought to the ship.

Republican Mississippi to get first dibs on relief money over Louisiana

1,000 firefighters from around the country volunteered for disaster relief and were summarily organized by FEMA to Atlanta, Georgia. There, they discovered that they were only to approach *rescued* refugees in Texas and elsewhere and deliver FEMA's 1-800 number Might the so-called delays in the evacuation have been deliberate?

The Red Cross is NOT in New Orleans FEMA Director Michael Brown: Unqualified. His top two deputies? Even less qualified

Nadler, Conyers, Watt, Jackson Lee to Introduce Bill to ease impact of new bankruptcy amendments on Katrina victims

Feds will give out $2000 debit cards to Katrina victims

Saving New Orleans Likely to Poison the Region

Katrina’s Devastation Was Predicted Mayor OKs forced evacuations

Rick Santorum suggests penalizing people who won't evacuate

Plans to airlift thousands left homeless by Hurricane Katrina to states that have offered them shelter, including Massachusetts, have been put on hold indefinitely by federal officials after many evacuees expressed reluctance to leave the region

As Katrina wiped out New Orleans' communications infrastructure, rumors of violence quickly filled the airwaves. The only problem? None of the reports were true.

 30 Nursing Home Residents Left To Die In Katrina, Lawmaker Says

In April 2004, some of the best minds who were supposed to be studying and improving Lousiana's damaged wetlands instead found themselves in the Persian Gulf -- restoring the Iraqi marshes.


Bodies found piled in freezer at Convention Center: "There's another one in the freezer, a 7-year-old with her throat cut."

"What didn't go right?" says Dubya when asked about NOLA's flooding

I just got back from a FEMA Detainment Camp (with pictures)

The great lie that is the war on terrorism has just taken a very serious blow. A category 5 hurricane named Katrina

WH Briefing Gets Flooded by Katrina questions

Some Nations reporting that the US State Dept has been very slow on taking them up on offers of aid and equipment

Bush requests 52 billion more for Katrina relief efforts.

Truly Shocking Eye Witness Account from New Orleans

Bush rejects Chávez aid

Iran offers US Katrina oil relief Iran has offered to send 20 million barrels of crude oil to the US to help with the consequences of Hurricane Katrina.

Pat Robertson's Katrina Cash

Americans: Let's not let our clumsy, uncaring government undermine our capacity to help those in need. Here are 10 outstanding endeavors that deserve your support.

Thom Hartmann : Drowning Government: Let the corporations handle your old-age pension. Let the corporations decide how much protection we and our environment need from their toxics. Let the corporations decide what we're paid. Let the corporations decide what doctor we can see, when, and for what purpose.

Hurricane Katrina: Reporter's diary


 To assure Halliburton getting record profits for rebuilding Katrina damage, Bush issues Executive Order allowing contactors rebuilding New Orleans to pay below minimum wage.

11 Republicans vote against Katrina Aid

House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, both Republicans, announced what they said would be a bipartisan investigation at an event on Wednesday to which no Democrats were invited.

FEMA chief's online bio falsely claims he served as an assistant city manager, when in reality he served as assistant TO the city manager.

Two Bush 2000 Florida recount aides were rewarded with top FEMA posts

Exxon now makes over $100M/day in profits and is inline for a tax breaks and hurricane relief

Colorado Republican congressman (and Mecca bombing advocate) demands that Louisiana not be in charge of any money for rebuilding. Forgets that he's a States' Rights Republican

Florida: Bush let FEMA pay for damages caused by run-of-the-mill thunderstorm effects

"They'll Just Spend It On Crack" - Listening To Right Wing Radio: The New Orleans "welfare riff-raff" have "hit the jackpot" and are going to get new houses and cars and "we" will all have to pay for "their" windfall. Now "they" are going to be bringing their "crime" to decent cities.

Katrina Cover-up: First Locked In, Now Locked Out Infectious Disease Research in and Around New Orleans. Summary: At the very least, there are two Level-3 biolabs in New Orleans and a cluster of three in nearby Covington. They have been working with anthrax, mousepox, HIV, plague, etc. There are surely other labs in the city.

FEMA insiders say that FEMA was not ready for handling Hurricane Katrina

Police and National Guard begin confiscating civilians weapons. Ocala, Florida homeowners association says evacuees are not welcome

EIGHT BIG LIES ABOUT KATRINA: Big Media has given ample space for administration officials and conservatives to spread falsehoods about relief efforts.

 FEMA Blocking Relief Efforts - An Amazing List Listening to Your Neighbors Die: "I heard her die," Williams said. "She cried for two nights, 'Help. Someone help me please!' Then the last time I heard her call it turned into a gurgle. That was her last cry.

The orders are clear: "Empty the city, Cut off communications between the citizenry, and Protect private property." The result is a massive ethnic cleansing operation that will displace tens of thousands of poor, black residents and pave the way for Halliburton and other major Bush contributors to rebuild the city at taxpayer expense. This is the clearest illustration of class-based warfare we have seen to date, but we expect more will follow.

A Louisiana congressman says more than 100 people died at a warehouse along a New Orleans dock. Congressman Charlie Melancon (muh-LAWN'-suhn) says they died as they waited for rescuers to take them to safety. In Nursing Home, a Fight Lost to Rising Waters: St. Bernard Parish officials say that 32 of the home's roughly 60 residents died on Aug. 29, more than a week ago.

Four People Die of Water-Borne Illness After Katrina (Update2)

A Canadian search-and-rescue team reached a flooded New Orleans suburb to help save trapped residents five days before the U.S. military, a Louisiana state senator said on Wednesday.


 federal bankruptcy law that's scheduled to take effect Oct. 17 to deal second blow to victims of hurricane

President Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage.

FEMA dumps Brown as Katrina relief chief

Republicans block efforts to amend relief bill, hold vote without providing copy of bill

Hurricane Katrina leading to Republican wet dream as conservatives push suspension of environmental, workplace safety, minimum wage, and contracting laws.

Former Reagan staffer and senior fellow at the Cato Institute calls Bush out on his handling of Katrina

Rep. Baker of Baton Rouge: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did."

Tom DeLay to some young Astrodome refugees: "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?" 

Scotty Lies Again About News Coverage Of Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans Dodged A Bullet

Was it on purpose? FEMA got the emergency parishes exactly backwards. (Excluded all the coastal parishes)

25 Mind-Numbingly Dumb Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And Its Aftermath NOLA police force set to forcibly remove holdouts from their homes

Could you leave? No, the national guard would shoot us if we left.

Bush had no excuses. The failure is his. Blanco had nothing to do with it. At the request of CNN, a federal judge in Texas Friday night blocked emergency officials in New Orleans from preventing the media from covering the recovery of bodies from Hurricane Katrina. Bush apologist Glenn Beck called hurricane survivors in New Orleans "scumbags," said he "hates" 9-11 families

Hurricane Katrina evacuees arriving in Utah were given food, showers and clean clothing. . . . and a criminal background check.

Man survives and flees New Orleans with family only to be arrested in Atlanta for "panhandling" to feed his family

Authorities say an illness that caused diarrhea and vomiting among hundreds of hurricane survivors sheltered at the Astrodome in Houston has been contained.

Randi Rhodes Show Exposes FEMA, Failures, Fraud & Florida [audio]

FEMA: Florida Election Management Agency

Useful Links:

New Orleans Environment Watch

Mercury News: Katrina Timeline

Timeline that outlines the fate of both FEMA and flood control projects in New Orleans under the Bush administration

A video timeline of Katrina events, courtesy of Keith Olbermann

What Happened When - timeline from Katrina response timeline: Think Progress

Reconstruction watch