The Effects Of Hurricane Katrina In New Orleans

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Hurricane Katrina Axial College Material Week Six COM/150 EFFECTIVE ESSAY WRITING Week 6 The effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans have been long-lasting and a disaster for all families in the state of Louisiana. “Hurricane Katrina was one of the strongest storms to impact the coast of the United States during the last 100 years.” It is the third most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the United States. The duration of the storm was from August 23 through August 31, 2005. The storm had a short period of time but its damages were so tragic that left long term damages. Many living in the city fled prior to the storm, but many believed the reminiscences of the storm wouldn’t be as bad as they thought and they stayed. As a result of New Orleans being below sea level, levees were placed around the city to keep the streets and homes from flooding. When the intensity of winds and mass flooding came from the storm, these levees broke, flooding nearly 80% of New Orleans communities. The Pre-Katrina preparations were a disaster for all communities. Following Hurricane Katrina, outrage was one of the many feelings that survivors experienced. How could a disaster of this scale occur in one of the richest, most developed countries in the world? Why was relief so slow and the attitude of government so seemingly apathetic about the plight of millions of people in the Gulf Coast region? Criticism has been made about the government with respect to Katrina, in many areas: its lack of preparation for such a natural disaster, its shoddy emergency evacuation, and its slow response afterwards. The government’s initial failure came days, months, and years before Katrina stuck. A general lack of preparation exacerbated the storm’s impact and led to loss of life. A previous government exercise in which a simulated hurricane

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