Fire EMS, Technical Rescue

THE EVACUATION OF NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE LEVEES BROKE

Issue 5 and Volume 159.

BY ROBERT DUMMETT On any normal weekend in late August, New Orleans would be bustling with activity. The New Orleans Saints would be midway through their preseason schedule, and Tulane University’s Green Wave would be preparing for its season’s opening game. In the French Quarter’s Art District, White Linen Nights would be in full swing. Along Bourbon Street, the sound of New Orleans jazz would be heard coming from the Blues and Boogie Bar, the Cat’s Meow, the Bourbon Pub/Parade, and dozens of other taverns, cafes, and restaurants. Trolley cars would be rolling down Canal Street, and horse-drawn carriages would be touring the French Quarter. But the weekend of August 27, 2005, was not a normal weekend. Something ominous of mammoth proportion was growing in the Gulf of Mexico and slowly lumbering its way toward New Orleans. It was Hurricane Katrina, packing 145-mph sustained winds and strengthening. On Saturday, August…

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