Urban Legend: Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco refused President Bush’s pleas to declare an emergency

False. Sorting out who should have done what, and when, to head off the disaster in New Orleans produced by Hurricane Katrina will undoubtedly take a very long time (and the issue may never ultimately be resolved). A preliminary timeline doesn’t seem to support the sequence of events claimed in the article quoted.
In fact, Governo Blanco had already declared a state of emergency for the state of Louisiana on the 26th of August.
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Hurricane Katrina (Blame Blanco)

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