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Hurricane Katrina

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Aftermath of Katrina First Response 160,000 homes had to be torn down, it was impossible to save them. (Landphair)
Six months after Katrina hit, over half the city was without running water and electricity.(Lacayo)
Toxic flood waters had ruined anything in its path.(Glandon)
Many people in the 9th Ward had yet be evacuated, nothing was running.(Layaco)
228,000 houses were completely flooded.(Glandon) Brad Pitt used his fame to work with Global Green to help rebuild houses.(Finn)
As of March 2012, they had successfully built over 70 homes in the 9th Ward.(Paratore)
Celebrities created the Make It Right Foundation with Home Depot Foundation and the Jolie-Pitt Foundation backing them.(Finn) Celebrities People's Response Major Plans As plans were formed it was by mutual agreement that New Orleans would be a smaller city. (Leonard)
Many thought that it would be a recaptured city, Like Disneyland, almost theatrical. (Leonard)
Approximately only 2% was completely flooded, but the water damage cost uncountable millions.(Leonard)
They wanted to make structures more structurally sound, with concrete and stilts. (Stuart) FEMA's Response Hurricane Isaac hit August 29th, 2012. It was the same day Hurricane Katrina hit seven years ago. (Evening Standard)
The hurricane followed the same path as Hurricane Katrina. (Evening Standard)
Hurricane Isaac was the first major hurricane to test the levees. (Evening Standard)
Many who had experienced Hurricane Katrina fled/evacuated before the hurricane hit. (Evening Standard) Hell Strikes Again... After Hell Many citizens in New Orleans had expected, or at least hoped for, FEMA to respond to the mass destruction and chaos Hurricane Katrina had brought to the city by helping rebuild the demolished area; but they failed to do so (Stuart). FEMA’s actions after Hurricane Katrina were far from what they should have been as they proved to show no leadership after the storm (Stuart). The agency was given the authority to provide aid to the people still in New Orleans by Governor Blanco, but they didn't do anything significant (Stuart). First of all, FEMA was very slow to respond to the crisis (Stuart). They didn’t arrive to New Orleans until four days after the storm, and didn't decide to go there until two days after the storm hit Louisiana (Stuart). FEMA also failed to provide transportation for the people who still needed to evacuate; this left many people stranded in their homes (Stuart). FEMA also made no anticipation of preventing crime which caused the city to become even more prone to lootings and theft (Stuart). FEMA's highest ranking officials were unprepared to solve New Orleans problems because they had no experience in managing an emergency (Stuart). This was their first time handling a situation as serious as this and they were blindsided due to the fact they were amateurs (Stuart). The State of New Orleans Before Hurricane Issac Prior to Hurricane Issac, New Orleans was still in process of making its full recovery from the impacts of Hurricane Katrina. Many homes were being rebuilt and designed to withstand hurricane conditions (Leonard). People also began to return back to city in hopes of continuing the life they had before the hurricane (Leonard). About 1/3 of the population of the city returned (Leonard). As far as improvements go, New Orleans wasn't looking to transform the city back into what it once was, but to instead revitalize the city (Leonard). Within New Orleans, there were still neighborhoods, police stations, stores, and other important buildings that had been vacant during the storm and remained so years after (Leonard). Most of the buildings were in need of major repairs. Besides the need to repair buildings, New Orleans had made improvements in education for children by opening up over fifty charter schools in the area (Leonard). The city's decision to open up the schools was helped put forward to help increase the number of schools in New Orleans that met the standards of the state since the numbers used to be so low (Leonard). It was a good oppurtunity to expand education since the whole city was being redeveloped (Leonard). The crime rate in New Orleans remained high since the storm, and needed to be improved (Leonard). "In 2008, violent crime nationally was 455 per 100,000 people and in New Orleans it was 1,019 people per 100,000 people" (Leonard). With no major or immediate response from the government, groups of highly educated women came together to form groups that promoted change in New Orleans (Tyler). "Women of the Storm" is one of the many groups of women that helped impact the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (Tyler). They helped rebuild destroyed homes and properties, and they also addressed Congress in Washington D.C. about the wreckage of New Orleans (Tyler). Very few senators were actually aware of the damage (Tyler). Women of the Storm eventually got approval from Congress to fund damaged homes and buildings (Tyler). Today, they are still an active group participating in New Orleans.
Other people have formed groups in New Orleans too to promote the rebuilding of the city and assisting those who are still trying to recover. One of these groups included the Katrina Krewe. Groups that already existed like the Red Cross also helped raise money towards rebuilding New Orleans by rasing money. The Red Cross did so by having a televised event that included celebrities that helped promote donating.(Tyler) Hurricane Isaac was only a Category 1 but it lingered for about sixty hours.(Kenaly)
The levees held up under pressure.(Kenaly)
However the waves were too large and soon water poured over top of the levees, proving they were too low.(Kenaly)
Most of New Orleans was not flooded but they still evacuated certain areas.(Kenaly)
There was only five recorded deaths that were directly caused by the storm.(Kenaly)
Electricity was wiped out for about 900,000 people across five states. (Kenaly)
The gulf coast area received the most damage. (Kenaly) by Kaity, Rachel S. and Brittany
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