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Galveston Hurricane of 1900

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Galveston Hurricane of 1900
Devastation for Texas
Background
On September 8, 1900, a Category 4 hurricane ripped through Galveston, Texas, killing an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people. At the time of the 1900 hurricane Galveston was filled with vacationers. Sophisticated weather forecasting technology didn’t exist at the time, but the U.S. Weather Bureau issued warnings telling people to move to higher ground. These advisories were ignored by many vacationers and residents. A 15-foot storm surge flooded the city, and numerous homes and buildings were destroyed.

The hurricane remains the worst weather-related disaster in U.S. history in terms of loss of life.
Political Impact
New form of city government was created.

Deep Water Commission created to handle natural disasters.

The Texas Legislation agreed to a tax and sale of bonds to pay for raising the elevation of the city.

Economic Impact
Industries were forced to move to Houston.

High cost of destruction - an estimated 30 million dollars of damage.

Galveston never recovered economically.
Geographic & Social Impact
A 3 mile long seawall was built to protect the city from flooding was created.
Elevation of city was raised 16ft. using sand from the harbor.
Homes and businesses were built on stilts.
Social Impact
This was the deadliest natural disaster in American history.
Social Impact
Sadly, so many lives were lost that bodies could not be properly buried. Most of the dead were piled onto carts and dumped into the ocean.
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