Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the United States. On August 23, 2005, Katrina started to form over the Bahamas and meteorologists warned the Gulf Coast states about the storm that was on it’s way to them. The evacuation started on August 28 for the Gulf Coast states. If was predicted that these area would not be livable for at least a few weeks after the storm hit. New Orleans was on the most vulnerable places in this area to be hit because most of it was below or slightly above sea level.
The Army Corps built levees and seawalls to help keep the city from flooding but the levees that were located by Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne were not as reliable. These levees were built on top of soil that was porous and erodible, which is was caused them to break during the storm. These levees protected the poorest in the community, which made them more vulnerable. The New Orleans mayor ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city. And declared the Superdome a shelter, where people could go that didn’t have anywhere else to go. By that night about eighty percent of the city had evacuated and there were ten thousand in the Superdome and about the same amount decide to stay in their homes to wait out the storm.
The storm hit New Orleans early the next morning and it had already been raining over night before the storm hit. By nine that morning the flooding started to happen, the levees and canals were overwhelmed and the Ninth Ward And St. Bernard Parish were under water so fast that people had to got to attics and rooftops to get away from it. By the end of the storm over eighty percent of the city was under water.
The Coast Guard started to rescue people that were stranded and other volunteers started to help the stranded as well. They would rescue them with their boats and then give food and shelter. While they were helping each other, the Government took their time to get FEMA down to help them. It took days for them to arrive and when they did, they didn’t really have a plan of action to help them. It took years for the Gulf Coast to rebuild after Katrina but since then, they have moved on and establish the best they could after the storm.
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