Unprecedented flooding throughout Louisiana has drawn natural comparisons to Hurricane Katrina, and former FEMA director Michael Brown was called upon to discuss federal and government response to each.

Brown — who spoke on the subject in a recent interview with Fox Business — was roundly criticized for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to Katrina in 2005, after which he resigned.

Brown commended current state and local leaders for their disaster response, noting coordination and 'mutual aid agreements' at all levels. 

'I thought that what the state of Louisiana was doing in the response phase of this flooding was exactly what a state should be doing," he said in the interview. "... Everybody was doing what they were supposed to do. So they had a unified command structure in place. That is exactly what governors should be doing in disasters.”

Brown went on to detail the key differences, and why he felt the 2016 response was superior to that of Katrina. 

“We had a disaster in Hurricane Katrina because we couldn’t get a unified command structure in place and the mayor failed to evacuate the city," Brown said. "So while I never compare disasters, I will say this, Katrina had problems because of command structure, in this case you didn’t have that and I say touché to the state of Louisiana for it.”

For the full Fox Business report, click here

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