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Many factors hampered rescue efforts, officials say

By Bryan Bender
Globe Staff / September 3, 2005

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WASHINGTON -- Rebuked and scorned for their slow response to the crisis in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, federal and National Guard officials insisted yesterday their reaction to the chaos and desperation left by Hurricane Katrina was severely hampered by a worst-case combination of factors: severed communication lines, bureaucratic mixups, widespread confusion, and failure to anticipate the unexpected. (Full article: 904 words)

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