On August 29, 2005, hurricane katrina made a landfall in Louisiana as a Category 3. Around 1800 lost their lives due to the storm, and Katrina caused over $80 billion damages. New Orleans, where several levees failed contain rising waters from the storm, bore the worst of the devastation. Much of the city was under water approximately 12 feet high in some areas due to the hurricane. Mandatory evacuation was called by officials however many residence remained in the city and had to be rescued from the floods.
HURRICANE KATRINA: BEFORE THE STORM
On August 23rd, 2005- the tropical depression that became Hurricane Katrina was formed. Meteorologists were soon able to warm people in the gulf coast states that a major storm was on its way. Evacuations started across the region on August 28. That day the National Weather Service predicted that after the storm hit, “most of the [Gulf Coast] area will be uninhabitable for weeks…perhaps longer.”
HURRICANE KATRINA: WHEN IT STRUCK
Early morning, Monday, August 29, was the time and day Hurricane Katrina struck new Orleans. it had already been raining heavily for hours. When the hurricane struck as high as 9 feet in few places, it overwhelmed many of the city’s unstable levees and drainage canals. By 9 a.m the situation got a lot worse people had to scramble to attics and rooftops for safety. soon within some time 80 percent of the city was under some quantity of water.
Hurricane Katrina: AFTERMATH
Many people were brave after the Hurricane. For example the Coast Guard, rescued some 34,000 people in New Orleans alone. and many other citizens built boats and offered food and shelter and did whatever they could do in order to help their neighbors. However the government seemed to be unprepared for the horrible disaster. The Federal emergency Management Agency (FEMA) took several days to establish operations in New Orleans. Officials also state that they included President George W. Bush who also seemed unaware of how bad things could get. Hurricane Katrina had left a horrible wake what one reporter called “total disaster zone” where people were “getting absolutely desperate.”
In all the Hurricane had affected more than 90,000 square miles of the united States and killed over 2,000 people. Today, after years of recovery and rebuilding efforts, people along the Gulf have made great efforts and strides in getting back to their daily life even as they continue to rebuild.