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According to the NOAA, “this was one of the largest displacements of a population since the Great Depression” (Zimmerman, 2015, ¶4). It is estimated that 1 million people in this region of destruction was left abandoned by the storm. At maximum capacity the shelters housed 273,000 people. Another 114,000 families still needed housing and were placed in FEMA trailers (CNN Library, 2016). Katrina revealed numerous engineering oversights within the levees and floodwalls. The years of overlooking an old levee placed the U.S. Army Corps under great scrutiny with critics blaming this system failure for the billions of dollars in damage and more importantly loss of lives. Total lives lost directly or indirectly due to the storm according to
HURRICAN KATRINA4FEMA was 1,833 (CNN Library, 2016). This classified Katrina as the single most catastrophic natural disaster in US history. New Orleans TodayKatrina has made lasting effects on this region and they are still recovering 10 years later.The population had dropped dramatically, from 1.386 million in 2005 to 1.04 million in 2006 within New Orleans metro area's. By 2014, the population had made its way back to 1.252 million. There was also a decrease in established businesses and homes and still by 2014 the number had not returned to pre-2005 levels (Zimmerman, 2016). The city of New Orleans alongwith the government have sought to learn form this tragedy. Improving residents access to evacuation and alert information as well as the levee system which was restructured and rebuilt with steel beams, higher barriers and 65 feet below sea level support. The Golf Coastal area has become increasingly vulnerable over the last 10 years.