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Old 08-28-2008, 09:42 AM
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Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Almost three years to the day after Katrina devastated New Orleans, disaster-response officials are bracing for Tropical Storm Gustav's projected landfall there as forecasters predict it will strengthen into a major hurricane.

The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, criticized in 2005 for its slow response to Katrina, is working with state officials to prepare for the storm. FEMA said it moved 2.4 million liters of water in 137 trucks, 4 million meals in 203 trucks, 478 electric generators and 267 truckloads of blankets and cots into position for distribution in the Gulf Coast states.

Mayor Ray Nagin said that the city's protective ring of levees isn't fully strengthened after some parts failed when Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, contributing to floods that covered 80 percent of the city.

``Although we have made strong strides in rebuilding our infrastructure, the levees have not been fully repaired and we have an $800 million budget gap to complete our sewage and water systems,'' Nagin said in a statement.

There will be no ``shelters of last resort,'' such as the Superdome or the Convention Center, where thousands took refuge during Katrina, the mayor said in a televised interview last night. Police will roam neighborhoods making sure people are out, and trains, buses and airplanes will be pressed into service for those without transportation, he said.

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You know, after hitting the Louisiana coast, Gutav could have been singing this bluesy classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xli7a2bTxiY

Dinah Shore "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans"


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I was there for that whole storm. I got evacuated from the French Quarter on Saturday night/Sunday morning, and weathered the storm out in Slidell (east of New Orleans). It was bad, but nowhere close to being as bad as Katrina, mainly because all the levees held.
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I was there for that whole storm. I got evacuated from the French Quarter on Saturday night/Sunday morning, and weathered the storm out in Slidell (east of New Orleans). It was bad, but nowhere close to being as bad as Katrina, mainly because all the levees held.
That's pretty intense Angel, you're the only person I know that had to battle this storm.
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