Low Key response

Even on Tuesday, as still-rising waters covered most of New Orleans, FEMA official Bill Lokey sounded a reassuring note in a Baton Rouge briefing.

"I don't want to alarm everybody that, you know, New Orleans is filling up like a bowl," Lokey said. "That's just not happening."

- quoted in Katrina trapped city in double disasters by John McQuaid. New Orleans Times-Picayune. September 7, 2005.

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