However, there is one hurricane that happened in 2005 that stands out among the others, Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst hurricanes to hit the United States, a category 5 on the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale. An estimated 1836 people died because of the hurricane and the floodings that happened after (Zimmermann 1). Katrina initially beg... ... middle of paper ... ...th of the levees shortly after Katrina, and millions of dollars have been spent on coastal restoration programs. Plenty of people from around the world helped take care of those affected by this horrible storm and help reconstruct the damaged places.
Katrina ruined the city that we all know. Interestingly New Orleans was built below sea level. Though they thought that the precocious city would be protected by a wall which is like a dam. They created the Levee System, but later in time once Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005 the Levee System got destroyed by the flooding rivers surrounding New Orleans . It caused tremendous loss of people, drinking water, houses, buildings special building and lives.
A City at Bay A category 5 Hurricane, Katrina, devastated New Orleans on August 29th 2005. Katrina brought high winds and heavy rain; also massive floodwaters after the outdated and unsafe levees were breached. Hurricane Katrina caused a significant amount of damage in New Orleans and a number of lives were lost, some of which could have been prevented. Downed telecommunications, as well as poor pre-preparations, had a major role in the afterhours following Katrina’s landfall. The first levee breach brought extensive flooding affecting: the phone services, government official’s notification, and a delay in rescue/recovery efforts.
The storm many are aware of called Katrina was devastating to property, finances, and families and left many people clinging to life with only hope of assistance. No one seemed well prepared for a storm of this size and many people didn’t evacuate. The government had gotten something right by calling for a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Louisiana. FEMA, federal Emergency Management Association, was partially to blame for the slow reaction and help after the storm. Those elected to run our nation and protect the people were also delayed in their efforts to support the people caught in the storm.
This had involved dispatching centers to be shut down, which had left the inability for the dispatchers to provide the necessary information to emergency providers about the emergencies taking place. In summary, the events of Hurricane Katrina had left a lasting and devastating impact on not only the general public, but also those within public safety including local, state and federal agencies. The storm had affected nearly hundreds of square miles resulting in thousands of casualties, and people misplaced with no homes to go to as well. In addition, there were many contributing factors that had resulted in major life, including the geography of New Orleans, how the levees around New Orleans were built, as well as the lack of coordination between local, state and federal officials.
Sandy destroyed our beautiful shores, killing animals, plants, and etcetera. Oil was a main concern as, during Hurricane Katrina,“The U.S. Coast Guard said that much of the spilled oil has been cleaned up or naturally dispersed,” (qtd. in West 1) But it is hard to take account for all the damage done, just like we can not count how many plants were damaged, or how many animal homes were lost. Trees were downed in many of our neighborhoods, and all we were concerned about were the precious telephone wires. And then it is also common knowledge that sand and water flooded major roadways around the coast.
Most of the destructions from the events of August 29th 2005, when Katrina Hit the City Of New Orleans, were not only caused by the storm itself; but also, by failure of the engineering of the levee system protecting the entire infrastructure of the city. The years of poor decision making and avoidance of the levee system led to one of the most catastrophic events in the history of the United States. Throughout our research, we have identified three key players in charge of the levee system design, construction and maintenance. These three organizations are the Unites States Corps of Engineers, the New Orleans Levee District and the Louisiana Department of Transportation. The consequences of the hurricane showed the organizations negligence in the design, construction and maintenance of the protective walls.
Hurricane Katrina has affected the lives of thousands of Americans. According to Anne Waple of NOAA’s National Climate Data Center, Katrina is “one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent US history” leaving “At least 80% of New Orleans…under flood water”. Film director, Spike Lee, in his documentary, When the Levees Broke, looks into the lives of the people of New Orleans that was affected by Hurricane Katrina. Lee’s purpose is to address racial disparities, political issues, and the discrimination against helping victims during the storm. He adopts a straightforward tone from the victims and outsiders in order to illustrate how the residents of New Orleans were affected by failures of the government for the duration of Katrina, before and after.
Since they were already to blame for the levee failures, frustration over the mishandling of the city continued in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Misunderstandings about the demographics and race in the Lower Ninth Ward caused the situation to be handled improperly. For example, the article states that home ownership was higher in the area compared to the rest of the city. The press secretary to the mayor of the city later incorrectly tells Rivlin that a “lack of home ownership in the community” played a role in the residents’ suffering. Thus, the neighborhood was largely ignored by the New Orleans government, as expressed by a local, Ronald Lewis.
1), the Dams Sector includes such projects as reservoirs, spillways, powerhouses, canals or aqueducts, navigation locks and other flood risk mitigation systems such as the levee system. The flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina is perhaps the best example of how the Dams sector can negatively affect transportation. Massive flooding throughout New Orleans, as a result of several levee failures, had a debilitating effect on surface transportation. The inability to move people out of the affected area as well as move relief supplies in not only hampered the response effort, but also slowed the recovery effort. Though the national focus was on the immediate area affected by Katrina, “transportation was seriously disrupted.