Short Paper 1 Hurricane Katrina.docx - Bryan Lambell ANTH 101B Short Paper 1 Hurricane Katrina In late August of 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans

Short Paper 1 Hurricane Katrina.docx - Bryan Lambell ANTH...

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Bryan Lambell ANTH 101B Short Paper 1 Hurricane Katrina In late August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana. While most of the city was evacuated, plenty of people who had nowhere to go still remained in an attempt to ride it out. The damage to the city caused by the hurricane itself was bad, but not the worst cause. The worst part was the hurricane destroyed seawalls and levees, which were holding back the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. Once these waters escaped their confines, they flooded the city in up to 10 feet of water, causing major damage to buildings and homes. These water sources continued to flood the city for a few days. This led to roughly 1,800 people losing their lives in cities across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama (Getis pg. 75). Hurricane Katrina reached a maximum strength of category 5 on the 28 th of August 2005, but maintained a strong category 4 rating over its course even after hitting dryer air before it made landfall (Waple, NCDC). The gulf coast was hit the worst, when the storm passed, people were stranded on their rooftops; the Superdome became a sort of safe haven in New Orleans for refuges looking for aid. People were unable to leave the city to escape the flooding. Supplies
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