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Kathleen Blanco remembered for immediate attention to St. Bernard after Hurricane Katrina

Traditional media and social media lit up with stories and fond remembrances following the death of former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco on Aug. 18. Her efforts to mitigate the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina began as soon as the storm passed, including swift and bold decisions to help thousands stranded by the storm in St. Bernard Parish.

At the Aug. 20 St. Bernard Parish Council meeting in Chalmette, local attorney Walter Leger Jr. shared a Blanco story that has been told before, but remains little known and certainly bears repeating. In the days after Katrina passed, while essentially 100 percent of St. Bernard stewed under water deeper than 15 feet at some locations, the Army and National Guard had yet to arrive to begin a large-scale evacuation of tens of thousands of newly homeless Louisianans.


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