Hurricane Devastation : Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina Debris Management The year was 2005, it seems like it wasn’t that long ago, but it has been nearly 11 years since the natural disaster named Hurricane Katrina came through and devastated the city of New Orleans. The Hurricane Katrina aftermath left 80% of the city underwater and 25,000 thousand people displaced, stranded and in despair seeking refuge inside the Louisiana Super Dome. More than 1500 people died after the levees broke letting water from the Mississippi River flood most of the city. Nearly seventy-one billion dollars in funds has been spent to help the people of New Orleans with the recovery process. There is the question of was it a strong hurricane or a weak design? The magnitude of Katrina and the amount of debris that it generated not only from the storm surge, or the winds, but from the flooding it produced caused an enormous amount of debris, that the Department of Transportation and Development knew they didn’t have the equipment or the resources to handle it alone. The DOT&D realized they were overwhelmed and had to procure emergency contracts to get help from outside agencies to collaborate and work together while sharing resources to get the job done. Now, there are contingency contracts in place for debris monitors and debris removal contracts. One shortfall or discrepancy noted, was that the department did not have any approved debris management sites at the time of the disaster. There has been a lot of revamping or refining the process but today they have a system in place now so whatever incident may occur in the future, they are constantly able to improve it with each event that takes place. Additionally, the US Army Corps of Engineers failed on a massive scale to not only inspect the... ... middle of paper ... ...engthy is when contractors incorporate the waste separation, landfill disposal, burning, hauling and recycling into the operation. Public and private partnerships play an important role in providing aid and relief in the recovery process. In conclusion, much has been learned from the disaster which is considerably the worst and costliest in U.S. history. FEMA had to modify many of the policies it previously had in place, based on the post assessments that were accomplished. Per Whitehouse.gov, former U.S. president George W. Bush said, “Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in our Nation’s history and has caused unimaginable devastation and heartbreak throughout the Gulf Coast Region. A vast coastline of towns and communities has been decimated.” The Bush administration waited four days after the storm ended before visiting the devastated region.
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