I wanted to do a seperate post to reflect on Hurricane Katrina which struck August 29, 2005.
So here are some quick facts on Hurricane Katrina –
- In the City of New Orleans, the storm surge caused more than 50 breaches in drainage canal levees and also in navigational canal levees and precipitated the worst engineering disaster in the history of the United States.
- By August 31, 2005, 80% of New Orleans was flooded, with some parts under 15 feet (4.5 m) of water(taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_Hurricane_Katrina_in_New_Orleans)
- The final death toll was at 1,836, primarily from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238). It’s very difficult to determine the exact cause of the deaths but they were all caused either directly or indirectly by the Hurricane. (taken from http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-hurricane-katrina)
- Kuwait made the largest single pledge, $500 million; other large donations were made by Qatar and United Arab Emirates (each $100 million), South Korea ($30 million), Australia ($10 million),India, China (both $5 million), New Zealand ($2 million), Pakistan ($1.5 million), and Bangladesh ($1 million). (taken from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina)
- The damage from Hurricane Katrina is an estimated $81 billion (Taken from http://www.tropicalweather.net/gallery8.htm)
And though it was all over the news for many days afterward, there was no newscast that could fully cover the destruction… it was widespread not just New Orleans but all along the Gulf Coast as Katrina’s effects were felt from Texas to Florida check out the picture before Katrina had already covered Florida in clouds and was taking up most of the Gulf of Mexico with her sheer size.
View of the eyewall of Hurricane Katrina taken on August 28, 2005, as seen from a NOAA WP-3D hurricane hunter aircraft before the storm made landfall on the United States Gulf Coast. Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina
This hurricane didn’t just effect New Orleans, it effected Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, causing damage to beaches, buildings and most important for Mississippi’s economy casinos.
The name Katrina was retired from the Hurricane Name List and is at the top of the list of the U.S.’ costliest Atlantic hurricanes.
How is Louisiana doing now? Some of the population refuses to come back, while other are still in temporary homes.