Mark Huntsman and Ayanna Brown
Natural disasters can happen at any time causing havoc and panic, and can leave a lasting impression on the nation. Hurricane Katrina was a powerful storm that struck fear throughout many towns and cities. One city that was majorly impacted was the town of New Orleans in Louisiana. With a population of 1,337,726 pre Katrina. New Orleans was a thriving city and was host to the festival well known as Mardi Gras. Bringing in a lot of tourist from all around the world. Hurricane Katrina started as a tropical depression over the Bahamas and as it made its way towards the United States it gained strength. “The storm passed through Florida as a category one storm. The hurricane strengthened to a Category five hurricane over the warm Gulf water, but weakened before making its second landfall as a category three hurricane on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana.” With a storm surge from the hurricane-force winds of 130 miles per hour it was too much for the levee barriers that are used to prevent water from flowing into the cities through the shore and canals. Before they gave way causing total devastation.
The levees that were federally funded and built to protect the cities along the cost and canals throughout the southern states along the Louisiana and Mississippi gulf shore were built to sustain surges from a hurricane type storm. Keeping the water from flowing into the states to prevent flooding. With a height of 7-10 feet. But with a surge of over 10 feet the levees were not match for holding back any more before giving way. Poor engineering of the levees and unforeseen strength of the storm surges were not taken into consideration when they were built. On the day hurricane Katrina made second landfall 53 of New Orleans 7 to 8 feet tall levees have been Breached and knocked down making way for water from the Gulf of Mexico and storm surges to flow into the city...
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