Aaron Broussard, President of Jefferson Parish,
breaks down on Meet The Press

September 4, 2005

"The guy who runs this building I’m in, Emergency Management, he’s responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, “Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?” and he said, “Yeah, Mama, somebody’s coming to get you.”
Somebody’s coming to get you on Tuesday.

Somebody’s coming to get you on Wednesday.

Somebody’s coming to get you on Thursday.

Somebody’s coming to get you on Friday… and she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night! [Sobbing]

Nobody’s coming to get us. Nobody’s coming to get us. The Secretary has promised. Everybody’s promised. They’ve had press conferences. I’m sick of the press conferences. For god’s sakes, just shut up and send us somebody." [MSNBC]

A man trapped on the roof of his house tries to get the attention of a helicopter for rescue after floodwaters rose in New Orleans Tuesday. [wwltv 08/03/05]

For three days, Glen Williams sat on his rooftop in New Orleans, watching the water lap at the eaves and listening to unimaginable sounds in his once quiet, close-knit neighborhood. The cries for help from neighbors, in attics with the waters up to their necks, grew more piteous as the days went by and no help arrived. But it was the calls from his elderly neighbor, Doris, that haunts him.

"I heard her die," Williams said, bowing his head and running a scraped hand over his graying, close-cropped hair. "She cried for two nights, 'Help. Someone help me please!' Then the last time I heard her call it turned into a gurgle. That was her last cry. "I wish I could have saved her. There wasn't nobody there to save her." [Capitol Hill Blue]


See also:

KATRINA -Paramedics eyewitness report
New Orleans: Destroyed by Presidential Negligence


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