On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana, causing catastrophic damage to the city and surrounding areas, while raising significant public policy issues about emergency management, environment, poverty, unemployment, and race. Katrina was a category 5 hurricane that formed on August 23, 2005 in the Bahamas, affecting Florida, Cuba, Mississippi, Alabama, the Eastern United States, and Eastern Canada. Over 1,800 people died, making it the deadliest one on record since Okeechobee in the North Atlantic basin in 1928.
New Orleans suffered massive flooding due to poor engineering in the levees, a flood protection system built by the Army Corp decades earlier. Eighty percent of the city and surrounding parishes were under water; damaged transportation and communication systems meant that people who had not evacuated were stranded with little access to food, shelter, and basic necessities. Public outcry and criticisms of government on all levels ensued, prompting hard lessons and educational initiatives, including those by Teachers College, Columbia University, with Teaching the Levees
Hurricane Katrina was but one of the series
of fifteen Atlantic hurricanes in 2005, named from Arlene to Zeta. The 2019 hurricane season began on June 1st and ends on November 30th, with a fortunately slow start
and hopefully low rate of tropical storms and depressions.
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- Nossiter, A. (2008, Sep 01). A Historic Exodus: New Orleans Emptied As Coast Braces For Landfall Today. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Irwin, N. (2005, Sep 02). Gloomy Outlook As Trade Hub Grinds To a Standstill: Hurricane Katrina Will Disrupt the US Economy Because It Severely Damaged One of Americas Logistics Centres. The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- Oliver, L.W. (2005, Sep 08). Disaster of the Century: Bush Administration/FEMA Fails Blacks and Poor Americans in New Orleans, LA; Mississippi and Alabama. Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
- WIRE, S. A. (2005, Sep 15). Response to Hurricane Katrina. Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
- Bumiller, E., & Kornblut, A. (2005, Sep 18). Black Leaders Say Storm Forced Bush To Confront Issues of Race and Poverty. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Paulson, A. (2005, Sep 22). Will the Levees Hold?: Even Rain From Another Storm Could Threaten New Orleans' Precarious Levees. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- DeParle, J. (2005, Oct 11). Liberal Hopes Ebb in Post-Storm Poverty Debate. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Schwartz, J. (2005, Nov 29). Category 5: Levees Are Piece Of a $32 Billion Pie. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Barry, D. (2006, Aug 27). A City's Future, and a Dead Man's Lost Past: Tracing the Path Of One Corpse, From Street to Steel Coffin. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Bosworth, S. (2006, Aug 27). The Storm That Blew New Orleans Apart. New York Times (1923-Current File)
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