Re-building post Katrina

By: Charity H, Lindsey R, Morgan G, and Andrew M

About Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina made contact with the greater New Orleans area on Monday, August 29, 2005. The category 5 hurricane brought 174 mph winds, 8 - 10 inches of rain, and a recorded tide increase of over 14 feet, giving it the label one of the greatest natural disasters in the history of the United States.

After Math of the Storm

Innumerable aspects of the people's lives were changed following Katrina. In the following year, an average of 95,000 jobs were lost every month. Thousands of families were left with no income and to add to the mass chaos, over 275,000 homes were severely damaged or destroyed completely and the homes left standing went 2 - 8 week without water, power and means of communication. The estimated damage caused by the storm reached an overwhelming point of $108 billion and more than 1,800 lives were lost along with approximately 80% of the city underwater. There are several long term issues that were brought about by the devastating storm such as environmental damage and health issues in the residents particularly in the outskirts of the city of New Orleans.

Other Sourounding Issues

On top of the major natural damage to the city of New Orleans inflicted by the storm, there was a mass oil spill. Experts reason that around seven million gallons of oil was spread throughout the region, being easily carried by the flooding. The oil, along with countless other dangerous chemicals such as pesticides, toxic or household waste and heavy metals, were able to seep into the ground, contaminating essential ground water spreading across hundreds of miles.
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Efforts for Reconstruction

Several changes in the economy were made following Katrina. Industries like construction, labor force, and housing played an important role in the rebirth of the city. About $120.8 billion in federal money was spent towards rebuilding.

The Rebuilding of New Orleans

After the initial shock of the hurricane had passed, the damage done had to be set straight. Many citizens had an optimistic view about the recovery effort and worked tirelessly toward its success to rebuild their precious city stronger than it was previously. Everything within the area that contained any historical or cultural significance was restored quickly. Even though Katrina was a horrific event, there were many lessons to be gained from it. The storm allowed businesses and institutions insight on how they can properly prepare for future disasters and the levees have been built up more sturdy then they were pre-Katrina. Groups like the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority have been established to protect and restore natural formations such as the wetlands. Programs that played the largest roles in rebuilding internationally were the International Medical Corps, Mercy Corps, and Network for Good; However, other organisations nationally helped like the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, The American Red Cross, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Estimates say that around 1 million people came into New Orleans from 2005 to 2010 to help rebuild.

The citizens of New Orleans united together like never before in their effort to fix their beloved city.


Music held a significant role in healing New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Music was and is apart of New Orleans culture. After Hurricane Katrina hit the city, many musicians recorded tribute songs in order to raise money on behalf of survivors and victims. Artist including Snoop Dogg, Linkin Park, and Stevie Wonder contributed to the charity songs for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Many musicians lost their homes in Katrina.Musicians Harry Connick, Jr. and Brandford Marsalis teamed up with habitat for humanity international to build homes for musicians. These homes were known as Musicians Village.

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