The press is so eager to report President Bush's errors that it is too lazy to research terms of
(1) Overrun ..... flood waters so high that it runs over levees
(2) Breach ....... a hole in the levee .... holes allow flood water to flow unimpeded, often becoming larger the more water flows through
Powerline caught AP's negligent error, Drudge nailed it this morning.
Fri Mar 03 2006 19:48:29 ET
Clarification: Katrina-Video story
WASHINGTON (AP) _ In a March 1 story, The Associated Press reported that federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees in New Orleans, citing confidential video footage of an Aug. 28 briefing among U.S. officials.
The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees, rather than the levees breaking.
The day before the storm hit, Bush was told there were grave concerns that the levees could be overrun. It wasn't until the next morning, as the storm was hitting, that Michael Brown, then head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bush had inquired about reports of breaches. Bush did not participate in that briefing.