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7AM CDT â€” KATRINA MAKES LANDFALL AS A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE [CNN]
7:30 AM CDT â€” BUSH ADMINISTRATION NOTIFIED OF THE LEVEE BREACH: The administration finds out that a levee in New Orleans was breached. On this day, 28 â€œgovernment agencies, from local Louisiana parishes to the White House, [reported that] that New Orleans leveesâ€ were breached. [AP]
8AM CDT â€” MAYOR NAGIN REPORTS THAT WATER IS FLOWING OVER LEVEE: â€œIâ€™ve gotten reports this morning that there is already water coming over some of the levee systems. In the lower ninth ward, weâ€™ve had one of our pumping stations to stop operating, so we will have significant flooding, it is just a matter of how much.â€ [NBCâ€™s â€œToday Showâ€]
11:13 AM CDT – WHITE HOUSE CIRCULATES INTERNAL MEMO ABOUT LEVEE BREACH: â€œFlooding is significant throughout the region and a levee in New Orleans has reportedly been breached sending 6-8 feet of water throughout the 9th ward area of the city.â€ [AP]
MORNING â€” BROWN WARNS BUSH ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DEVASTATION OF KATRINA: In a briefing, Brown warned Bush, â€œThis is, to put it mildly, the big one, I think.â€ He also voiced concerns that the government may not have the capacity to â€œrespond to a catastrophe within a catastropheâ€ and that the Superdome was ill-equipped to be a refuge of last resort. [AP]
MORNING â€” MAYFIELD WARNS BUSH ABOUT THE TOPPING OF THE LEVEES: In the same briefing, Max Mayfield, National Hurricane Center Director, warns, â€œThis is a category 5 hurricane, very similar to Hurricane Andrew in the maximum intensity, but thereâ€™s a big big difference. This hurricane is much larger than Andrew ever was. I also want to make absolutely clear to everyone that the greatest potential for large loss of lives is still in the coastal areas from the storm surge. â€¦ I donâ€™t think anyone can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped or not, but thereâ€™s obviously a very very grave concern.â€ [AP]
MORNING â€” BUSH CALLS SECRETARY CHERTOFF TO DISCUSS IMMIGRATION: â€œI spoke to Mike Chertoff today â€” heâ€™s the head of the Department of Homeland Security. I knew people would want me to discuss this issue [immigration], so we got us an airplane on â€” a telephone on Air Force One, so I called him. I said, are you working with the governor? He said, you bet we are.â€ [White House]
MORNING â€” BUSH SHARES BIRTHDAY CAKE PHOTO-OP WITH SEN. JOHN MCCAIN [White House]
11AM CDT â€” MICHAEL BROWN FINALLY REQUESTS THAT DHS DISPATCH 1,000 EMPLOYEES TO REGION, GIVES THEM TWO DAYS TO ARRIVE: â€œBrownâ€™s memo to Chertoff described Katrina as â€˜this near catastrophic eventâ€™ but otherwise lacked any urgent language. The memo politely ended, â€˜Thank you for your consideration in helping us to meet our responsibilities.â€™â€ [AP]
LATE MORNING â€” LEVEE BREACHED: â€œA large section of the vital 17th Street Canal levee, where it connects to the brand new â€˜hurricane proofâ€™ Old Hammond Highway bridge, gave way late Monday morning in Bucktown after Katrinaâ€™s fiercest winds were well north.â€ [Times-Picayune]
11AM CDT â€” BUSH VISITS ARIZONA RESORT TO PROMOTE MEDICARE DRUG BENEFIT: â€œThis new bill I signed says, if youâ€™re a senior and you like the way things are today, youâ€™re in good shape, donâ€™t change. But, by the way, thereâ€™s a lot of different options for you. And weâ€™re here to talk about what that means to our seniors.â€ [White House]
4:30PM CDT â€” BUSH TRAVELS TO CALIFORNIA SENIOR CENTER TO DISCUSS MEDICARE DRUG BENEFIT: â€œWeâ€™ve got some folks up here who are concerned about their Social Security or Medicare. Joan Geist is with us. â€¦ I could tell â€” she was looking at me when I first walked in the room to meet her, she was wondering whether or not old George W. is going to take away her Social Security check.â€ [White House]
8PM CDT â€” RUMSFELD ATTENDS SAN DIEGO PADRES BASEBALL GAME: Rumsfeld â€œjoined Padres President John Moores in the ownerâ€™s boxâ€¦at Petco Park.â€ [Editor & Publisher]
8PM CDT â€” GOV. BLANCO AGAIN REQUESTS ASSISTANCE FROM BUSH: â€œMr. President, we need your help. We need everything youâ€™ve got.â€ [Newsweek]
LATE PM â€” BUSH GOES TO BED WITHOUT ACTING ON BLANCOâ€™S REQUESTS [Newsweek]
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