Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes ever to hit the United States. Hurricane Katrina started out as any other hurricane, as the result of warm moisture and air from the oceans surface that built into storm clouds and pushed around by strong forceful winds until it became a powerful storm. Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico.
The hurricane strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane over the warm Gulf water, but weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina was the most costly hurricane in history. This hurricane caused $81 billion in property damages, but it is estimated that the total economic impact in Louisiana and Mississippi may exceed $150 billion. Hurricane Katrina earn ed the title of costliest hurricane ever in US history. It flooded 80 percent of New Orleans and destroyed more than 100,000 homes.
An estimated 80 percent of New Orleans was under water and up to 20 feet deep in some places. Hurricane Katrina was so powerful that it impacted about 90,000 square miles. In New Orleans, the levees were designed for Category 3, but Katrina peaked at a Category 5 hurricane, with winds up to 175 miles per hour. Nearly 2,000 people was killed by Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed in late August 2005, and millions of others were left homeless along the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans, which experienced the highest death toll.
The death toll was at 1,836 from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238). 05 people are reported as still missing as a result of hurricane Katrina and it also affected over 15 million people in different factors such as economy, evacuations, gas prices and drinking water. The storm surge from Katrina was 20-feet (six meters) high. The first water that flowed into New Orleans was clear clean ocean water from the storm surges. But in a couple of days time, the water turned black and was very foul from raw sewage and dead bodies. People develop rashes on their legs from standing in it. There were a lot of hazards besides the water and wind after Katrina passed through.
There were fires and explosions from exposed gas lines and electric wires were down too. A number of people were electrocuted days after the hurricane. One of the biggest hazards created by hurricane Katrina was the flooding it produced. Louisiana was hit the hardest, but both Alabama and Mississippi also had large areas left under water following the storm. The area that was seriously affected by Katrina was New Orleans. New Orleans suffered a large number of casualties, a lack of drinkable water, severe property damage, electrical outages and many more difficulties as a result of hurricane Katrina.
After the disaster, thousands of people who had lost their homes were forced to seek shelter at the New Orleans Superdome. Many others broke in to the Convention Center to find safety there. These structures were large enough to hold huge numbers of people, but did not have the proper facilities, supplies or law enforcement that was needed to sustain the amount of individuals who were forced to temporarily move in. People stayed there for several days until they were able to make other living arrangements, often in far away cities and even other states.
Both of the buildings may be condemned due to the extremely unsanitary conditions they were left in. The region affected by the storm supported roughly 1 million non-farm jobs, and still, hundreds of thousands of local residents were left unemployed by the hurricane. Shortly after the hurricane moved away on August 30, 2005, some residents of New Orleans who remained in the city began looting stores. Many of these looters were in search of food and water that was not available to them through anywhere else. Reports of carjacking, murders, thefts and rapes in New Orleans flooded the news.
Crime increased and many of the police departments were submerged in water. Officers went for days without sleep as they rescued trapped residents from rooftops. Rapper Kanye West accused President George W. Bush of racism during a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert. The government was accused of making things worse by preventing help by others while also delaying its own response. Hurrincan Katrina was very costly, but more than 70 countries pledged monetary donations or other assistance after the hurricane.
Kuwait made the largest single pledge of $500 million, but Qatar, India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh made very large donations as well. New Orleans is once again alive and had come a long was since the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. In 2013 the San Francisco 49ers faced the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl in New Orleans. The remake of New Orleans included the $300 million spent to repair the holes in the Superdome roof and upgrade the building. Billions of dollars and thousands of volunteers flowed into the rest of the city to clean up and start over. Levees were rebuilt. Hospitals and schools reopened.