9/15/2005

CNN.com - Transcripts - August 28 press conference - NO mandatory evacuation ordered

Debunking Reich wing lies: Blanco on 8/28 10 am: "Just before we walked into this room, President Bush called and .. asked me to please ensure that there would be a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans." - Bush only called AFTER the mandatory evacuation was ordered by Nagin / Blanco -- law


CNN BREAKING NEWS

New Orleans Mayor, Louisiana Governor Hold Press Conference

Aired August 28, 2005 - 10:00 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


BETTY NGUYEN, CNN ANCHOR: Hurricane Katrina is not backing down. This storm is now a Category 5. The city of New Orleans is among many other cities in Louisiana and Mississippi that are bracing for this powerful storm. We're waiting to hear from the mayor of New Orleans, with an update on Katrina and whether or not this city is going to be issuing mandatory evacuations. So far, it's just voluntary, but there's been a lot of calls for mandatory evacuation. We'll see if that happens.


(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

HARRIS: And let's take you to New Orleans now, where the press conference is under way with Mayor Ray Nagin. We'll get the updated information on his city's preparedness for Hurricane Katrina.

MAYOR RAY NAGIN, NEW ORLEANS: ... storm is intensifying, and is still pointed toward New Orleans, and there's not a meteorologist or an expert that I have talked to that says that this storm will not impact New Orleans in a major way.

As a result of that, I am, this morning, declaring that we will be doing a mandatory evacuation. And I'm going to read the evacuation order to the public.

The National Weather Service has indicated that Hurricane Katrina will likely affect Louisiana coast, with tropical force winds and heavy rainfall by this evening, whereas because of anticipated high lakes and marsh tides, due to the tidal surge, combined with the possibility of intense thunderstorms, hurricane-force winds and widespread severe flooding, Governor Blanco and I, Mayor C. Ray Nagin, have each declared a state of emergency.

Now, therefore, I, as mayor of the city of New Orleans, pursuant to the authority granted by L.A. Rev Stat 29-727 (ph), do hereby promulgate and issue the following orders, which will be effectively immediately, and which will remain in effect until the earlier of five days following the date of this issuance, or the declaration by the governor that the state of emergency no longer exists...

GOV. KATHLEEN BLANCO, LOUISIANA: Thank you, Mayor.

I want to reiterate what the mayor has said. This is a very dangerous time. Just before we walked into this room, President Bush called and told me to share with all of you that he is very concerned about the citizens. He is concerned about the impact that this hurricane would have on our people. And he asked me to please ensure that there would be a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans.


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