2006 Hurricane Forecast and At-Risk Cities, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, May 24, 2006 [open pdf - 373KB]
From the opening statement of Jim DeMint: "About this time last year, we had one of the first hearings for this committee, and we talked about the possibility of hurricanes hitting different places in the United States. And I remember, Mr. Mayfield, and Senator Vitter, made a presentation on what would happen if a major storm hit New Orleans. Just a few months later, about 9 months ago, I was looking out the door of a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter, flying over the coast of Mississippi and Louisiana, reviewing the destruction that Hurricane Katrina had wrought upon the region. The devastation was as comprehensive as it was heart-wrenching, and it was almost exactly as had been predicted in this committee only a few months before. All along the Mississippi coast you could see where the massive wall of water had flattened homes, leveled communities, and irreparably damaged the lives of so many Americans. When we flew over Louisiana, the water was still so high that, in many places, all we could see were the rooftops peaking out of the deluge. In the coming weeks and months, we learned that many American lives had been devastated, but also, again, recognize that, fundamentally, Americans are good and generous people who come to the support of their neighbors in their time of need. Clearly, in the immediate aftermath of the storm, a number of things went wrong. Governments at all levels didn't perform as well as any of us would have liked. But some things did go right. And as we enter the 2006 hurricane season this week, it's worth learning from what has failed, as well as what succeeded." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Max Mayfield; Stanhope S. Spears; Benjamin J. Spraggins; Daniel K. Inouye; Jim DeMint; Bill Nelson; E. Benjamin Nelson; Trent Lott; Ted Stevens; and David Vitter.
S. Hrg. 109-1144; Senate Hearing 109-1144
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