Hurricane Katrina Social Disaster Essay

analytical Essay
713 words
713 words

August 2005 marked an extremely devastating time for the citizens of New Orleans, Louisiana, after being hit by “one of the strongest storms to impact the coast of the United States” as described by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (Waple 1). The real destruction occurred only after the hurricane had passed though and the levees separating New Orleans from surrounding lakes were breached leaving over 80% of the city under water. Although it is easy to claim the failure in the levees could not have been anticipated, multiple authors beg to differ. Hurricane Katrina was “one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent US history” (Waple 5), but one must acknowledge that the government’s obvious disregard for the unstable levees in New Orleans and their poor handling of the aftermath made Hurricane Katrina a social disaster overall. The NOAA report published just months after Hurricane Katrina made landfall repeatedly compared and ranked Katrina with other major hurricanes and Katrina consistently appeared on the low end of the comparisons. For instance, at its peak Katrina “reached a minimum central pressure of 902 mb […] ranking 4th lowest on record for all Atlantic basin hurricanes” (Waple 5). Undoubtedly, the storm itself did cause a lot of damage, but in her firsthand account of surviving the storm, nurse practitioner Denise Roubion-Johnson recalls that the Monday after the storm had hit everyone still in the area believed they would be able to go home soon. None of the …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the government's disregard for the unstable levees in new orleans and their poor handling of the aftermath made hurricane katrina a social disaster overall.
  • Analyzes how the noaa report published just months after hurricane katrina made landfall repeatedly compared and ranked it with other major hurricanes.
  • Analyzes how michael eric dyson's "levees and lies" chapter of his book, "come hell or high water: hurricane katrina and the color of disaster" highlights how bush and his administration ignored the problem, leaving thousands of citizens at risk.
  • Opines that hurricane katrina will always be remembered as an immensely devastating natural disaster, especially by those still struggling, 10 years later, to rebuild their lives.

It is important to acknowledge though that had the levees been attended to as they should have been, much of the tragedy caused by the flooding could have been avoided. The levees should not have breached, New Orleans should not have been flooded, countless lives should not have been

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