On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast at daybreak, “pummeling a region that included the fabled city of New Orleans and heaping damage on neighboring Mississippi. In all, more than 1,700 people were killed and hundreds of thousands of others displaced.” (Laforet, New York Times)
Hurricane Katrina was a big threat to the coastal areas of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and the governor declared a state of emergency in reaction towards potential destruction the hurricane may fall in New Orleans, a major city in Louisiana. To prepare for the threat of Hurricane Katrina, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), was sent to Louisiana to help aid the state. Later, a big disaster befalls in the state of Louisiana, and the governor declared a national evacuation. New Orleans, the heavily populated city, ordered its citizen to evacuate in the Superdome, with food, shelter, and rations being distributed. After the state evacuation was made, there was a shortage of food, water, and operable toilet facilities, thus creating
In the history of the United States of America, Hurricane Katrina was known as one of the worst hurricanes in the world. The hurricane was a combination of tropical waters and gushing winds. It was the vicious hurricane that caused severe damage to the citizens of the United States of America. The amazing city known for its southern style, Cajun cuisines, jazz music and its celebration of Mardi Gras will never be the same. New Orleans, Louisiana was changed forever in August 2005 when this category five hurricane left the city devastated. The catastrophic storm tore through the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas destroying everything in its path and killing hundreds of people.
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, two days later roughly eighty percent of New Orleans was underwater. This hurricane ranked number three in the thirty deadliest US Hurricanes (Weather Underground, 2007). This disaster has had a ripple effect on the economy, the environment, the population of New Orleans, and the habitats of animals in that area. It also put to death over 1,500 people in Louisiana, more than half were senior citizens. In New Orleans, 134,000 housing units —70% of all occupied units — suffered damage from this Hurricane.
After receiving a call from Max Mayfield, Director of the National Hurricane Center, warning Nagin of the impending disaster and recommending an evacuation mandate, Nagin waited 15 hours to alert the public (*20 pg. 60). He finally issued an evacuation mandate on August 28, less than 24 hrs before the hurricane made landfall (*23, Pg. 360). This delay was due to concern about the city’s financial liability for closing hotels and other businesses (*23, Pg. 360). This resulted in 90,000 citizens remaining in New Orleans as 80% of the city went under water (*23, Pg.
As a category 4 storm, Katrina decimated anything in its path, with winds blowing up to 150 miles per hour and a serge of water reaching 15 feet. Nearly seventy-percent of New Orleans was under water for weeks, as it flooded the streets due to old and left thousands stranded. Approximately 25,000 residents remaind in their homes, despite the very serious warnings, causing them to have no choice but be airlifted to safety from their roof tops. Many of the levys failed to hold back the high waters back, allowed the lake to over flow into the city and cause approximately 1,300 fatalities. Looting and crime was on the rise as people abandoned all their homes and belongings, causing the lack of people to feel safe to return
On August 29th, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, also known as Katrina, made landfall along the Gulf Coast. It hit states such as Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. As of today Hurricane Katrina is one the most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the United States. In total Katrina caused over one hundred billion dollars worth of damage. It left people homeless, starving, and in some cases dead. New Orleans, Louisiana was hit the hardest, “New Orleans will forever exist as two cities; the one that existed before that date, and the one after.” Even over a decade later, the effects of Hurricane Katrina can still be felt as the south continues to rebuild their lives and return to some normalcy.
New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities. It's home to truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Its jazz and food are some things that attract hundreds of tourists but it has also been the victim to many great natural disasters. But the disasters it’s people have faced never seem to bring them down.
10 Years ago on the last week in August, one of the most brutal storms the United States has ever had hit Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. On August 28th and 29th, Fifty-five-foot waves crashed down the Mississippi coast leaving total destruction behind. In New Orleans a levee was built to protect the city but failed in 50 different places due to it being poorly designed. FEMA brought many survivors to their camps, but some weren’t that lucky. In New Orleans about 20,000 residents were trapped in the Louisiana Superdome without clean water, medical care, or working toilets. After the floodwaters receded, over 100,000 residents left the city of New Orleans to never return. 10 years later after the hurricane, most of the affected
First, they were overtopped by waves of water stemming from the rain and high velocity winds (www.fofweb.com). Secondly, the levees breached or broke open and as a result, New Orleans filled up like a bowl as water from the canals and Lake Pontchartrain poured in. Consequently, the breached levees resulted in storm surges that measured to about 17 feet high. About 80% of the city was flooded during Katrina (www.nola.com). After hitting New Orleans, Katrina moved north and destroyed casinos in Mississippi. As many people predicted, the scenes from Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast were horrifying and the nation watched in shock as these events unfolded. In order to rescue individuals, helicopters and boats rescued people that were trapped on roofs and treetops. Those that were stranded on treetops were forced to eat leaves because it was their only means of greenery. Many people were stranded on the overpasses of highways without water, food, or protection from the blazing sun as temperatures soared into the upper 90s and the humidity level remained above 100 percent. Homes were leveled in New Orleans and Mississippi to such an extent compared it to the scene of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. On Friday, September 2nd 2005 the National Guard arrived at the Superdome and Convention Center with food, water, and supplies. Refugees were dispersed throughout the United States to places such as Denver, Colorado. Interestingly, Katrina left as much
When Katrina was in the Gulf of Mexico, quickly approaching the coast most people who wanted to get out of the city could not, the reason for that is because most people in New Orleans did not have the means of transportation to leave the city, a large percentage of these people were black and living in poverty. New Orleans ranks fourth in the nation out of 297 metropolitan areas in the country in the proportion of households lacking access to cars. Most people could not leave even if they wanted to, most people stayed and were stranded
The devastating and deeply rooted traumatic effects of Hurricane Katrina will live in the psyches of the people of New Orleans and beyond for generations to come. Katrina was the largest and third strongest hurricane to make landfall in the United States barreling in as a Category 5 with up to 175 mile-per-hour winds and a 20-ft storm surge that would create a humanitarian emergency with the likes never before seen in the United States. This hurricane caused unimaginable death, destruction, and displacement, leaving a death toll of 1,836 and an unknown number thought to be washed out to sea. The real truth is we will never know exactly how many people lost their lives during Hurricane Katrina.
During our week in New Orleans, we will have excellent opportunities to learn about different cultures, the effects of natural disasters, and reasons as to why New Orleans is facing poverty and economic distress through our volunteer work with Project Homecoming, 1 in 5 homes in New Orleans is still blighted, 10 years after Katrina. New Orleans still has a high rate of blighted (abandoned) homes. We will be helping to rebuild homes, but we will also be helping to improve the surrounding community spaces such as there local gardens.
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. It is know as the third worst hurricane ever to hit the US. The worst hurricane was the Great Galveston hurricane which took place in 1900. Katrina was the worst destructive storm ever in US history.
Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast with tremendous force at daybreak, August 29, 2005, severely punishing regions that included the city of New Orleans and its neighboring state Mississippi. Resulting in a total of just over 1700 people killed, and hundreds of thousands missing. When we think of Hurricane Katrina stories, we think of stories that were published by the media such as, “Packing 145-mile-an-hour winds as it made landfall, the category 3 storm left more than a million people in three states without power and submerged highways even hundreds of miles from its center. The hurricane's storm surge a 29-foot wall of water pushed ashore when the hurricane struck the Gulf Coast was the highest ever measured in the United States.