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Michael Chelala Extra Credit Paper Natural Disasters Professor Jennifer Cole June 20, 2007 The movie “Hurricane on the Bayou” starts off with a girl doing a project on the erosion of the costal wetlands and what that could mean for the people living in the area. Being a musician, she meets up with a few other musicians who have some knowledge on the subject. They take a trip to the wetlands and see the erosion first hand. The erosion of the wetlands is due to the building of flood walls along the Mississippi river in order to prevent the river from flooding over every year. The floodwalls did keep the river from flooding, but it also kept the river from depositing the new sediment onto the land. Without this new sediment, the land is eventually eroded away. The movie also points out that in the past the alligators in the area were endangered, but with good laws and enforcement, the population has rebounded.
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Unformatted text preview: Midway through researching for her project, Hurricane Katrina hits. Without the buffer of the wetlands to protect New Orleans, the category 5 hurricane hit full force. The entire city was evacuated. During the hurricane, the levies broke and the city flooded. Hurricane Katrina ended up being the most costly natural disaster to hit the United States. The aftermath of Katrina was terrible. People were stranded for days without any help. At the end of the movie, the musicians went on tour to help raise awareness in hopes of reversing the effects of the erosion of the wetlands. They suggest one solution is to build floodgates, which would allow the river to flood and deposit the soil necessary to sustain the wetlands. With the wetlands rejuvenated, future hurricanes won’t have such a damaging effect on cities like New Orleans....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENV 114 taught by Professor Cole during the Summer '08 term at Northeastern.

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