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Friday, September 02, 2005


PRESIDENT BUSH TOLD GOV. BLANCO, BEFORE THE HURRICANE ARRIVED, TO ORDER AN EVACUATION 

This article, via Kathryn Jean Lopez, was published over the weekend, before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.



Mayor Nagin conceded before the storm hit the city would not even be providing nourishment for those staying at the SuperDome

"This is a once in a lifetime event," the mayor said. "The city of New Orleans has never seen a hurricane of this magnitude hit it directly," the mayor said.

He told those who had to move to the Superdome to come with enough food for several days and with blankets. He said it will be a very uncomfortable place and encouraged everybody who could to get out.


Nola.com: NewsFlash - Mandatory evacuation ordered for New Orleans

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