Hurricane Katrina~
Timeline Of Events

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September 6~ The Pumping Begins
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     Having completed temporary repairs on the damaged New Orleans levees, the Army Corps of Engineers turned to the monumental task of pumping all the floodwaters from the stricken city. At first, only a handful of the city's pumps were operational. But, as the days wore on, more and more pumping stations emerged from the floodwaters and were brought online, increasing the rate the waters were removed from New Orleans. Initial estimates predicted it would take up to 80 days to remove all the floodwaters. However, as the pumping proceeded at a much faster rate than originally expected, officials optimistically predicted New Orleans could be completely free of the floodwaters by October 10.

     The fire situation took a turn for the worse on September 6, with many new blazes erupting around the city, straining the already stretched-thin resources of the fire-fighting teams. Mayor Nagin ordered the forced evacuation of any remaining residents within the city of New Orleans, due to safety concerns. This decision was ultimately not enforced, since emergency and military personnel did not want to get into physical confrontations with people who refused to leave their damaged homes.

     In other areas of the stricken Gulf coast, emergency and rescue operations worked around the clock, searching for any remaining survivors, while continuing the recovery of the dead. The death toll in Mississippi approached 200. On the political front, President Bush, under extreme pressure, ordered an investigation into the Federal Government's slow disaster response. Some members of Congress called for the resignation of FEMA director Michael Brown.

Welcome To New OrleansFlooding

Much of New Orleans remained flooded on September 6

FireFire

Fire on St. Andrews Street consumed nearly a cityblock.

Garden DistrictGarden District

A huge fire broke out in the Garden District of New Orleans

Garden District
Fire in the Garden District

Fire
Fire burns in a flooded residential area while rescue workers continue their search for any remaining survivors.

Levee RepairThe Pumping Starts

The 17th Street Canal Levee temporary repairs were completed, allowing the pumps to start draining the water from New Orleans.

Rescues
Rescue workers continued combing flooded neighborhoods by boat and helicopter, in hopes of finding any remaining survivors.

Body Removal
In neighboring Mississippi, emergency officials turned from search and rescue to the grim task of retrieving the dead

The Timeline Continues

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