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Hurricane Katrina And The Collapse Of The Levees

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Hurricane Katrina was one of the most interesting and deadly hurricane to ever hit the United States. This hurricane devastated New Orleans and all of its inhabitants. This hurricane was especially devastating as New Orleans is 13 feet(3.9624 metres) below sea level. The government wasn’t prepared for the damage of New Orleans, and neither were the Levees. The Levee crash was one of the major causes of the flooding in New Orleans. The deaths and damages cost billions. After this storm many people didn’t want to move back to their home, New
Orleans.

During Hurricane Katrina all thing went to a living hell. Katrina ruined the city that we all know. Interestingly New Orleans was built below sea level. Though they thought that the precocious city would be protected by a wall which is like a dam. They created the Levee System, but later in time once Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005 the Levee System got destroyed by the flooding rivers surrounding New Orleans . It caused tremendous loss of people, drinking water, houses, buildings special building and lives. Most of New Orleans was trapped underwater for weeks.
The Impact was not only on the city and the jobs of the citizens, but it also impacted many families and their way of living. The Death total reached 1,836 deaths. This included mothers, fathers, children, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, and so many more people who supported and provided memories to the citizens of New Orleans. The hurricane didn’t only hit New Orleans, but Katrina also hit Florida. Altogether, Katrina hit 90,000 square miles. The reason that the levees collapsed was because they were built for a category 3 hurricane, while Katrina was a category 5 hurricane. There were over fifty floodwalls (or levees) that protected New Orleans from the Mississippi River, the Pearl River, The Gulf of Mexico, and all of the bodies of water that surround New Orleans. When all of the water from all of these bodies of water were carried through the winds of 175 miles came, water that was in all of these bodies of water surrounding New Orleans crashed through the levees. The debris that accumulated after the levees fell( put together) was about(or even more than) the size of a NFL football field. One of the worst bodies of water was the Pearl River, because before the storm came there was a landslide. The landslide caused the water level of the river to raise 26 feet higher than usual, so the flooding was worse from the levees protecting the Pearl River.

After the tremendous storm in New Orlean, the Levees, that were built by the US Military, were destroyed. The damage cost was estimated $81 billion, and the US government wasn’t prepared to pay such sum of money to New Orleans. So, the Us called out to its allied and many countries pledged help New Orleans and other cities that were impacted by Katrina. Some of the countries that pledged were London, India and China( some of the US’s biggest and most helpful allies)....

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