It took nearly two years and a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for CREW to get the 7,500 records from the Department of Homeland Security and compile them in their new report.
What's outlined in The Best Laid Plans: The Story of How the Government Ignored Its Own Gulf Coast Hurricane Plans:
CREW also posted the raw documents on their website.
Critically, CREW found that FEMA had created a “Southeast Louisiana
Catastrophic Hurricane Plan” (SLCHP), which forecast a range of specific
- New Orleans would be flooded with 14-17 feet of water, the levee system
inundated with at least 10 feet of water and the hurricane would move into
- One million people would evacuate, but flooding would trap at least
- Each hurricane victim would require a minimum of two Meals Ready to Eat, one gallon of water and eight pounds of ice per day.