Fast forward to August 2016. Louisiana has once again been hit by a natural disaster in the form of a flood which, although not as devastating as Hurricane Katrina, has destroyed over 40,000 homes and has taken the lives of 13 people. In contrast to the federal government's failure to properly respond to Katrina, the response to the 2016 floods has actually been good:
Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has a better view than just about anyone, went on MSNBC Thursday night and told viewers that "I don't feel forgotten by the federal government…We have what we need from the federal government."
Edwards and his allies stressed Thursday that they've been in daily communication with White House officials. FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, an emergency response specialist who before joining the Obama administration oversaw Florida's disaster responses, has been here. So has Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. President Barack Obama started issuing disaster declarations quickly, which frees up federal resources and gets the ball rolling on longer term needs. Inspectors are on the ground. It's a miserable time for the many thousands affected, but a faulty response isn't making it more miserable.
In short, as far as the federal government goes, this is not Katrina.