By September 1 an estimated 30, people were seeking shelter under the damaged roof of the Superdome, and an additional 25, had gathered at the Convention Center. Following the hurricane, legislation was passed extending legal gambling to many inland locations and drawing casinos away from the precarious Gulf Coast, resulting in accelerated unemployment rates for already impoverished coastal counties.
Nor was it good for parents, who had to crisscross greater New Orleans researching a convoluted school system with no relationship to the re-settlement patterns of the city. The next day New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin called on city residents to evacuate, and declared mandatory evacuations for several low-lying parishes.
These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect they will. Areas east of the Industrial Canal were the first to flood ; by the afternoon of August 29, some 20 percent of the city was underwater.
The children are now scattered all over the country. The storm swept across the entire state of Mississippi, killing as many as people and destroying an estimated 90 percent of all structures within half a mile of the coast.
The Koch brothers — conservative oil magnates who donated half a million dollars to Republican candidates, including Bush, during the previous election cycle — had acquired a majority share in the pipeline just two years earlier. Yet despite the dreariness of this ecological prognosis, we should oppose the line of doomsday thinking that argues New Orleans must be abandoned as a modern-day Atlantis.
It was also forecast that the storm surge in Lake Pontchartrain would reach 14—18 feet 4. Additional acts of unrest occurred following the storm, particularly with the New Orleans Police Department. However, tens of thousands of residents could not or would not leave.
Katrina destroyed forty libraries in Mississippi, many of them in rural town centers. The storm had formed over the southeastern Bahamas on August 23, and gained intensity during the next day as it moved eastward towards Florida, where it became Tropical Storm Katrina. Racist responses to the disaster were in fact widespread; mainstream media coverage repeatedly depicted black storm victims as looters rather than survivors, while drumming up hysteria about supposedly crime-prone New Orleans residents taking refuge in cities like Houston.
The storm that would later become Hurricane Katrina surfaced on August 23,as a tropical depression over the Bahamasapproximately miles km east of Miami.
Communications failures[ edit ] Coordination of rescue efforts August 29 and August 30 was made difficult by disruption of the communications infrastructure.
It was a shelter of last resort that cascaded into a cesspool of human waste and filth. Nagin first called for a voluntary evacuation of the city at 5: A storm surge more than 26 feet 8 metres high slammed into the coastal cities of Gulfport and BiloxiMississippidevastating homes and resorts along the beachfront.
Four of these were from natural causes, one was the result of a drug overdoseand one was a suicide. RSD students sat in classes of more than forty pupils and were served microwaved frozen meals at lunchtime.
August 29, Mayor Nagin described the loss of life as "significant" with reports of bodies floating on the water throughout the city, though primarily in the eastern portions.
On September 4, Mayor Nagin speculated that the death toll could rise as high as ten thousand after the clean-up was completed. Some hotels and hospitals reported diesel fuel shortages. Beginning at noon on August 28 and running for several hours, city buses were redeployed to shuttle local residents from 12 pickup points throughout the city to the "shelters of last resort.
In the weeks and months that followed Katrina, working-class residents of New Orleans saw their city transformed into a literal police state, where movement was monitored and storm victims were marked as criminals and delinquents by hostile police and National Guard forces.
The hurricane displaced more than a million people, the largest internal displacement in the United States since the Civil War.
Hallways and corridors were used as toilets, trash was everywhere, and amongst it all, children — thousands of them. Real estate speculation exploded in the region as millions of dollars of government money were allocated to redevelopment efforts in New Orleans and elsewhere, further irrigating an already corrupt city leadership structure with hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribe money.
In all, fifty-three levees were breached in New Orleans, submerging as much as 85 percent of the city and prompting legal action against the Army Corps of Engineers, which had built the levee system.
The immediate death toll — from drowning, electrocution, and other storm-related trauma — is often estimated to be around 1, people, though that number is uncertain. Capitalism encourages the illogical and disorganized pursuit of profit at a breakneck pace; in a certain sense, weather events like Katrina are the inevitable result of an energy-obsessed economy that rewards the scraping away of mountains, the siphoning of underground oil, and the uncorking of earth-warming greenhouse gases.
In moments of both crisis and calm we must organize ourselves togethernot just to provide aid and solidarity for one another when our government proves itself unable or unwilling, but also to build a broader challenge to capitalism and work towards a society based not on maximizing profit but on satisfying human needs.
Upon arriving in Houston, his passengers were turned away from the Astrodome after being told that all space was reserved for some 23, Superdome refugees expected to arrive later that day.Aug 30, · Hurricane Katrina: The Aftermath Rescuers searched for survivors along the Gulf Coast as flooding from Hurricane Katrina continued to worsen after the massive storm passed through the region.
There are reports that dozens of people died in the hurricane.
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was characterized by extensive reporting of looting, violence, shooting against rescuers, murder and rape. While some criminal acts did occur, such as the emptying of an entire Walmart,  many reports were also exaggerated, inflated, or simply fabricated.
A woman waves for the National Guard to be evacuated during a rescue operation for Hurricane Katrina victims. (Photo: Gerardo Mora/EPA/Newscom) Winds of mph ripped across Louisiana 10 years ago, leaving in its wake devastation of property, destruction of lives, and a death toll of 1, people.
TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice. Hurricane Katrina has had a devastating impact on the Gulf Coast of the US. It whipped up sustained winds of miles per hour ( kilometres per hour), and a 5 to 9 metre high “storm surge” of sea water when it made landfall at local time on 29 August Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes ever to hit the United States.
An estimated 1, people died in the hurricane and the flooding that followed in late Augustand millions of others were left homeless along the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans.Download