...says that a NOAA forecast from Thursday, August 25th warned that Hurricane Katrina "will cause massive destruction and tremendous human suffering". Williams said the NBC staff "didn't know if it was even real, it was such a shocking forecast."
On Saturday, August 27th, The Army Corps of Engineers, which built most of the flood-protection levees in the region, pulled its personnel to a safe distance, expecting rising water from the storm would top the levees.
That same day, an unidentified woman in a yellow windbreaker said on TV that a Level 4 or 5 hurricane, or (in her words), "even a slow moving Level 3" would be too much for the levees in New Orleans.
On Sunday, August 28th, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who has made more than his share of mistakes and is certainly not blameless in this episode, ordered an evacuation of the city and said "The storm surge will most likely topple our levee system".
The storm then hit.
On Thursday, September 1st, our (p)resident, in an interview on ABC News, said "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
Ignorance is not leadership.