Brian Williams perhaps ‘misremembered’ floating dead body and gangs during Katrina, hotel manager says

February 10, 2015 7:50 AM

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In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast, a seasoned hotel manager realized she needed to think fast. As the general manager of a mammoth Ritz-Carlton at the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Myra DeGersdorff was in charge of more than 1,200 people. She needed to batten down the hatches. She needed security. She needed doctors. Anything, she thought, could happen.

The storm was worse than anyone expected. But DeGersdorff prepared well. She enlisted a number of local cops to stay in a half-dozen of the hotel’s 452 rooms, and at any given moment there were at least “six or seven” officers on hand. She dispatched a team of “strong, tall” employees to barricade t...

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