Let's Hear It For the Feds!
In the week following the main levee's breach, the military and the Coast Guard managed to rescue more than 32,000 stranded civilians, many from rooftops by helicopter.
The Army Corps of Engineers all but completely repaired levee breaches, and began pumping large quantities of water.
Fact: Federal response time for Hurricane Katrina was faster, not slower, than for hurricanes Hugo (1989) or Andrew (1992), each a brutally destructive Category 5 storm in its own right. (Dr. Carl F. Horowitz)