Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Note: The figure of 10,000 was not a number that Nagin pulled out of his, uh, the air. It was an estimate of Orleans Parish casualties from the large Hurricane Pam preparation exercise. At that point, local officials had assume that this was the worst case scenario they had outlined. The lower casualty figures for the metropolitan area are the result of the most successful evacuation of a major metropolitan area every attempted, with over 90% of the population evacuated.
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