Ten years after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods from the failed federal levees, out-of-town media and politicians are still getting some things wrong. Here are five of the most stubborn myths about the disaster, the recovery and the city of New Orleans — plus one self-delusional bonus myth we just can’t let stand.
Today when a hurricane turns toward the Louisiana coast, it kicks off a comprehensive $2.5-million-per day evacuation system designed to move up to 46,000 residents who lack transportation from New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. It will use as many a 700 chartered highway coaches as well as airliners. And yes, pets are included in the plan.
"America failed the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast long before that failure showed up on our television sets," Barack Obama said while campaigning for president. "America failed them again during Katrina." He promised to do better. 10 years after the storm, we checked to see if he has delivered.