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Blanco recalls Katrina: Devastation, partisan politics | WWL

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It was Friday Aug. 26, 2005. Three days before Katrina, the worst hurricane in the nation's history, would hit Louisiana. Gov. Kathleen Blanco had just driven back to Lafayette from Baton Rouge to check on her home and take care of some errands.

Blanco and her team had been monitoring Hurricane Katrina ever since it entered the Gulf of Mexico. When the signs indicated the storm was strengthening and would likely head for the Louisiana coast, Blanco got word that her executive counsel, Terry Ryder, wanted to speak with her.

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