Sources: The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley; Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared, Special Report of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate; Performance Evaluation of the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection Sustem, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Coast Guard; The New York Times; The Washington Post; The Boston Globe; The Times-Picayune; Associated Press reports; CNN; The Brookings Institution.
Director of Research Lisa Schwartz contributed to this timeline.
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