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Canada's Involvement with Hurricane Katrina
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Florida Canada's Involvement Hurricane Katrina How was it that Canada came to the aid of all the people, land and architecture that were affected by the massive hurricane that hit the United States in 2005? Fun Fact: Hurricane Katrina was considered one of the five most deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. The effects of Hurricane Katrina were both in the south part of the state and the northwestern area. Rainfall in the Miami area caused flooding. Gusty wind and rain led to downed trees and power lines, leaving 1.4 million people without power. Damage in South Florida was estimated at $523 million dollars, mostly due to crop damage. In the north-western part of the state damage was estimated at $100 million dollars. Throughout the state, the hurricane caused 14 deaths. Due to damage from Katrina, 11 Florida counties were declared federal disaster areas. Canada's first response to the disaster inflicted by Hurricane Katrina was the deployment of a Vancouver heavy search and rescue team. They returned to their home in Vancouver after reportedly saving 110 people on their deployment. It formed over the Bahamas on August 23, and crossed over Southern Florida as a category 1 hurricane causing death and flooding there before strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico. Over the warm, gulf water, it became a category 5 hurricane, but then weakened to a Category 3 hurricane on August 29th in southeast Louisiana. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisisana. The worst property damage was in the coastal: such as all the Mississippi beachfront towns, which were flooded over 90% in just hours with the water 10-19 km inland from the beach. Katrina's Effects in Louisiana Effects from Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans have been long-lasting. The storm surge caused more than 50 breaches in drainage canal levels and precipitated the worst engineering disaster. Oil refining was stopped in the area, increasing oil prices worldwide. Between 80 and 90 percent of residents were evacuated safely in time before the hurricane struck. Despite this, many remained in the city, mainly those who did not have private vehicles or who were isolated from the news of the local governments. The official canadian government's response came on September 2. The federal government announced that it was deploying a task force comprising of three warships, along with the coast guard vessel and three Sea King helicopters and one BO-105 helicopter to the area. The Canadian Forces also provided several Griffon helicopters and crews.The task force was organized under the name "Operation UNISON" and involved over 1000 personnel. The Government of Nova Scotia donated $500 000 to the Red Cross effort. This was then followed on September 8th when the Government of Alberta announced that it would be donating $5 million.
Some residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI offered to the homeless survivors of Hurricane Katrina, shelter until they could provide for themselves.
Canadian electrical utilities such as Ontario Hydro, Hydro-Quebec, sent repair crews to assist in restoring electrical power services that were affected by the hurricane.
Air Canada participated along with U.S. airlines in a voluntary initiative to support rescue and relief.