The Catastrophe in New Orleans Persuasive Essay by Nicky

The Catastrophe in New Orleans
An in-depth argument that demonstrates how and why New Orleans is a city still ill-equipped to face future storms.
# 148382 | 4,451 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper graphically describes the level of disaster Hurricane Katrina wrought on New Orleans, southeast Louisiana, and the state of Mississippi. The paper highlights the mismanagement concerning the levees, the communication failures within the city itself, with the state, and with the federal government, and the specific failures involved in the evacuation post-Katrina. The paper further discusses the ineffective leadership, poor advance planning and an unwillingness to devote sufficient resources to emergency management over the long term. The paper argues that after Katrina struck, the pain and anguish went on far too long, and the reason that happened can be contributed to the failure of the government, at all levels, to plan, prepare for and respond aggressively to the havoc. The paper firmly believes that New Orleans is a city still ill-equipped to face future storms.

Thesis Statement
The Levees - Before Katrina
And the Levees Now
The Roles of Different Levels of Government
Post-Katrina Evacuation
Law Enforcement

From the Paper:

"Often blamed, and rightfully so, for the flooding of over 80% of the city, the levee system
failed. New Orleans is surrounded by three bodies of water: The Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, and huge Lake Pontchartrain. The city has thrived about six feet below the level of the Gulf, ever since Jean Baptiste La Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, founded it in 1718 as the capital of Louisiana and as a fortress to control the wealth of the North American interior.
"Little known is that fact that the Mississippi actually flows perched on a ridge above most of the city and 10-15 feet above sea level. Much of modern New Orleans is built on muck, with no solid bedrock until a depth of seventy feet is reached below the surface. Finally, New Orleans is built on land that is gradually, in some cases even rapidly, sinking."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bergal, Jenni, Sara Shipley Hiles, Frank Koughan, John Mcquaid, and Jim Morris. City Adrift: New Orleans Before & After Katrina. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2007.
  • "FAQ's." n.d. (accessed May 3, 2009).
  • Grunwald, Michael. "Hurricane Katrine Two Years Later: The Threatening Storm." August 1, 2007.,28804,1646611_1646683_1648904,00.html (accessed May 4, 2009).
  • Handwerk, Brian. "New Orleans Levees Not Built for Worst Case Events." September 2, 2005. (accessed May 4, 2009).
  • "Hurricane Katrina Fact Sheet." 2006. (accessed May 3, 2009).

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