Hurricane Katrina

Mass Destruction

Aftermath Of Katrina

In the early morning hours of August 25, 2005 hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States. When Katrina made landfall it was a category 3 with wind speeds reaching up to 125 miles per hour and rainfall reaching heights of 14 inches. Hurricane Katrina is to this day, recorded as one of the worst natural disaster in history. The hurricane itself caused mass destruction but the aftermath was catastrophic. Levee breaches led to massive flooding, and many people accused the federal government of being to slow to meet their needs after being affected so extremely by the storm. Hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were displaced from their homes, and experts estimate that Katrina caused more than $100 billion worth of damage.

Government Response To Devastation

Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes to ever hit the country. An estimates 1,836 people died and millions were left homeless. 19% of the oil industry crashes and gas prices went through the rough. The economy was in complete chaos and the people were in extreme need of aid. Within four days of Katrina's landfall on Monday, August 29, 2005, George Bush signed a $10.4 billion aid package and ordered 7,200 National Guard troops to the region. A few days later, he requested that Congress approved an additional aid. Many people do not feel that this was enough and they feel as if the governments response was too slow.
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