The Right Coast

September 28, 2005
The Emergency Plan for New Orleans Was to Lose the City
By Mike Rappaport

Jonathan Rauch has an extremely interesting piece on the government's planning regarding the possibility of a level 4 or 5 hurricane in New Orleans. He writes:

The evacuation plans were inadequate and then bungled. The rescue was slow, confused, often nonexistent. Yet the most striking fact of the New Orleans catastrophe has received less notice than it deserves: The plan for New Orleans in case of a hit from a very powerful hurricane was to lose the city.
Read the whole thing.