Katrina Catastrophe: The Outbreak Of Hurricane Katrina

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Katrina Catastrophe Bodies float as the water rose. It seemed as if water was coming through every crack and hole in the earth’s surface. People fighting for their lives on roof tops, screaming for help, and killing for bread, crackers, and fresh water. This was the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with increased crime rate, death, and displacement of families from their homes in the well known city of New Orleans. The city of New Orleans, also called “The Big Easy”, is known for parties, fun, Bourbon Street, and mardigras to most people. But many do not realize that it is one of the most violent cities in America. Even before Hurricane Katrina the crime rate was high, but after the devastation of the hurricane, and rising stress…show more content…
4, on NBC's "Meet the Press," in one of the defining media moments of all the hurricane coverage. "The guy who runs this building I'm in, emergency management, he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in a St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, 'Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?' [starting to cry] And he said, 'Yeah, Mama, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday.' And she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night.” Hundreds of people are still unaccounted for, and some of them were probably washed away into the Gulf of Mexico, drowned when their fishing boats sank, swept into the Lake Pontchartrain or alligator infested swamps, or buried under crushed homes. Coffins were also disgorged from the earth by the floodwaters. Many have been found 30 miles away and surely there are many people who have washed that far away also. To this day there are still many undiscovered victims of this horrible storm sill out…show more content…
This was truly the worst. So many Americans couldn’t find their loved ones. A mother and son were torn away from each other. Thousands of Mississippi families lives were shattered and uprooted by Hurricane Katrina. Almost all were left homeless with no where to go and depending on the government for help. Still to this day many are living in Fema trailers or living in Houston. Thousands of homes are ruined and these people will never live in what they used to call home. Randee Sacks from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health stated, “Four years later studies show that children displaced by the disaster are showing signs of depression, anxiety and general emotional and behavioral problems, with many lacking any health insurance and many missing substantial amounts of school. The parents are suffering similar problems ranging from depression and hypertension to post-traumatic stress syndrome” (Levine 1). These are the region's poorest families and they are still unable to find jobs to replace the ones they lost after the August 2005

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