Hurricane Katrina

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Case-In-Point Analysis: Hurricane Katrina
Katrina Jackson
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May 1, 2013
Dr. Lesia Williams

Case-In-Point Analysis: Hurricane Katrina
Introduction

It was an extremely devastating morning on August 29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina affected southeast Louisiana and caused what would become one of the worst tragedies that ever happened to any American city. The hurricane caused water to overtop the floodwalls and levees along the coast throughout southeast Louisiana, and also stimulated the floodwalls and levees throughout New Orleans to fail and rupture in more than fifty locations. Water flowed rapidly throughout local New Orleans neighborhoods and flooded over eighty percent of the city with more than ten feet deep in some areas. One hundred thirty five individuals were missing and were assumed dead, and one thousand one hundred individuals lost lives during that heartbreaking time in New Orleans and surrounding areas. Over four hundred thousand individuals evacuated New Orleans and surrounding areas and many individuals still have not returned to a place once called home. Billions of dollars of commercial and residential properties were destroyed. The healthcare and educational systems throughout the New Orleans area were unfit. The destruction of Hurricane Katrina was so large and the residual risk appeared very threatening that after a year and a half after Katrina, the future of New Orleans were still unclear.

Unintended Consequences

The environmental consequences were similarly annihilated. The power of the floodwater charged throughout local communities, environmentally frail waters and land, and industrial and commercial domains. The floodwater constantly spread and picked up harmful materials throughout their reach. Hurricane Katrina produced roughly twenty two million tons of rubbish, and forty two thousand tons of hazardous waste, which more than half remains throughout the City of New Orleans. Some substances contained considerable

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