Response to Hurricane Katrina

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On the 23rd August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the United States. It was the costliest hurricane, as well as one of the five deadliest, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. Due to the severity of this earthquake, much of the southern states of America were significantly devastated.

Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana. It caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas. The most severe loss of life and property damage occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. Eventually 80% of the city became flooded an at least 1,836 people lost their lives in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. Preliminary damage estimates were well in excess of $100 billion.

When the hurricane struck, there was much dispute as how to solve the problems it brought. Some people said ‘the main priority is to restore and maintain law and order and assist in recovery and evacuation efforts’. On the other hand some felt that ‘those directly involved in the rescue efforts stress the need to save lives, saying this was priority number one.’ I believe that the most important thing to do in a situation as severe as this is to save lives. In some ways both quotes are saying to do just this. However, I believe that people should do as the first quote states, as by following this, many lives would be saved. By following the first statement, all sense of confusion and panic would be lost, which...
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