August 29, 2005

on Friday, February 20, 2009

As the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, this devastating storm was considered a Category 5 hurricane. After the storm had passed, over 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded--some points over 15 feet of water. These massive amounts of water that fell upon this city caused one of the most disastrous engineering faults in the history of the United States of America—more than 50 breaches in the canal levees helped to destroy most of the city.

“Ninety percent of the residents of southeast Louisiana were evacuated in the most successful evacuation of a major urban area in the nation's history. Despite this, many remained (mainly the elderly and poor). The Louisiana Superdome was used as a designated "refuge of last resort" for those who remained in the city,” says Wikipedia.

The city flooded due primarily to the failure of the federally built levee system. Many who remained in their homes had to swim for their lives, wade through deep water, or remain trapped in their attics or on their rooftops. So many rescue and search teams found incredible amounts of civilians trapped in their homes or on top of their houses.

Many American along with International groups helped to aid the victims of this terrible storm. Even months and months after the hurricane, so many areas have still been left abandoned—along with possessions and homes of the residents that fled and could not bear to return to the devastation.


Has an issue said...

Hurricane Katrina was a national disaster, displacing many americans and leaving their homes in ruins. I think it was great that people came to the rescue helped those in need. Many of these people had their lives ruined after this violent act of mother nature. However, as much that was done to help these people, I believe that not enough was done.

However, building a city on top of a flood plain wasn’t the smartest decision, we still need to respect that fact that this was the area that people called home. A great area for culture and excellent food, New Orleans was. Now it is time to eventually rebuild this great city, and replace the homes that were tragically lost.

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