Revisiting the Power of Hurricane Katrina Research Paper

Revisiting the Power of Hurricane Katrina
Argues that the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, which caused destruction, injury and death within New Orleans and its surroundings, could have been minimized.
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This paper stresses that the awesome destruction to property and people of New Orleans and its surroundings caused by Hurricane Katrina was mainly the result of neglect, poor governmental policy, corruption in the local government and poor levee construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Better construction and maintenance of the levees, flood walls and gates and pumping stations in addition to reducing the destruction of the marshlands and building direct canals for the surge, the author iterates, could have prevented this massive degree of damage. The paper stresses that improvement in evacuation planning especially for the poor, public education, clearer coordination of duties between state and federal agencies and more effective police conduct are necessary to prevent another similar catastrophe. Color pictures and quotations are included.

Table of Contents:
Thesis Statement
Construction Flaws
Maintenance and Repair, Neglect
Floodwalls, Floodgates, Pumping Stations
Other Water Management Issues
Destruction of marshland
Canals Providing Direct Conduit for Surge
Evacuation Planning
Lack of Shelters of Last Resort
Education of the Public Regarding the Dangers of Not Evacuating
Evacuation Assistance for Poor
Delayed Declaration of State of Emergency
Rescue Efforts
No Resources
Questionable Conduct of Police
No Clear Coordination of Duties between State and Federal Agencies
Emergency Shelters
Lack of Food, Medical Care
Violence in the Shelters

From the Paper:

"For the citizens of New Orleans, hurricane threats are like 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf.' The news media hypes the storm up for weeks before it is even remotely close to making landfall, and more often than not, by the time it does - there is usually nothing more than a thunderstorm. Time and time again, citizens have boarded up their homes, packed up their personal belongings, and headed out of town just to find that it was for nothing. Because of this, citizens have found hurricanes to be an inconvenience or disruption to their normal lives and often wait until the danger is imminent to make a plan or decide to ride the storm and ignore the evacuation warnings altogether. In doing so, they run the risk of not having enough adequate supplies and put themselves in serious danger, which will only impede the government's recovery efforts further.
"According to a study by Harvard University, nearly one-third or 31% of persons living in high-risk hurricane areas would refuse to leave if told to evacuate by the government. When queried, most people cited concerns about personal safety related to the evacuation process and concerns about the security of their homes and possessions if they were forced to evacuate."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barrett, Ted, rept. Brown puts blame on Louisiana officials. CNN. CNN, n.p., 28 Sept. 2005. CNN. Web. Transcript. 8 Dec. 2010. <>.
  • Bordelon, Deborah, and Mary M. Banbury. "What is that Sinking Feeling? Or Are We Slip-Slidin' Away? Subsidence and Erosion in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin." Lessons on the Lake: An Educator's Guide to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Southeastern Louisiana University , 2007. Web. 29 Nov. 2010. <>.
  • Brenner, Rebecca. Responding to Hurricane Katrina and Social Justice Issues in New Orleans. Vulnerability and Resilience in Practice. The George Perkins Marsh Institute - Clark University, n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2010. <>.
  • Brouwer, Greg. "The Creeping Storm." EBSCO. Civil Engineering , 2003. Web. 29 Nov. 2010.
  • Brunner, Borgna. "Hurricane Katrina; A disaster and its catastrophic aftermath." Infoplease. Pearson Education, 2007. Web. 10 Dec. 2010. <>.

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