Today in History: Hurricane Katrina Hits New Orleans

| August 29, 2019

1024px-US_Navy_050902-N-5328N-582_Four_days_after_Hurricane_Katrina_made_landfall_on_the_Gulf_Coast,_many_parts_of_New_Orleans_remain_floodedOn August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana, causing catastrophic damage to the city and surrounding areas, while raising significant public policy issues about emergency management, environment, poverty, unemployment, and race. Katrina was a category 5 hurricane that formed on August 23, 2005 in the Bahamas, affecting Florida, Cuba, Mississippi, Alabama, the Eastern United States, and Eastern Canada. Over 1,800 people died, making it the deadliest one on record since Okeechobee in the North Atlantic basin in 1928.

New Orleans suffered massive flooding due to poor engineering in the levees, a flood protection system built by the Army Corp decades earlier. Eighty percent of the city and surrounding parishes were under water; damaged transportation and communication systems meant that people who had not evacuated were stranded with little access to food, shelter, and basic necessities. Public outcry and criticisms of government on all levels ensued, prompting hard lessons and educational initiatives, including those by Teachers College, Columbia University, with Teaching the Levees.

Hurricane Katrina was but one of the series of fifteen Atlantic hurricanes in 2005, named from Arlene to Zeta. The 2019 hurricane season began on June 1st and ends on November 30th, with a fortunately slow start and hopefully low rate of tropical storms and depressions.

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