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Katrina Ap “Clarification”

Clarification : Katrina -Video story

Eds: Subscribers who used BC-NA-GEN–US- Katrina -Video of March 1

and 2 may wish to use the following, which explains how risks of

levee breaches were discussed among federal disaster officials and

President George W. Bush.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ In a March 1 story, The Associated Press

reported that federal disaster officials warned President George W.

Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina

struck that the storm could breach levees in New Orleans, citing

confidential video footage of an Aug. 28 briefing among U.S.

officials.

The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing

in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear

that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees,

rather than the levees breaking.

The day before the storm hit, Bush was told there were grave

concerns that the levees could be overrun. It wasn’t until the next

morning, as the storm was hitting, that Michael Brown, then head of

the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bush had inquired

about reports of breaches. Bush did not participate in that

briefing.

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