By Center for Public Integrity, Dan Rather, Jenni Bergal, Sara Shipley Hiles, Frank Koughan, John McQuaid, Jim Morris, Curtis Wilkie, Katy Reckdahl
Foreword by means of Dan RatherHurricane Katrina was once a beautiful instance of entire civic breakdown. starting on August 29, 2005, the area watched in horror as--despite all of the warnings and studies--every procedure that may have secure New Orleans failed. Levees and canals buckled, pouring extra than a hundred billion gallons of floodwater into town. Botched communications crippled rescue operations. Buses that will have evacuated hundreds of thousands by no means got here. Hospitals misplaced energy, and sufferers lay agony in darkness and stifling warmth. at the least 1,400 Louisianans died in typhoon Katrina, greater than half them from New Orleans, and thousands extra have been displaced, many nonetheless pondering in the event that they will ever be ready to go back. How might all of this have occurred in twenty-first-century the US? and will all of it ensue again?To solution those questions, the middle for Public Integrity commissioned seven pro reporters to trip to New Orleans and examine the storm's aftermath. In urban Adrift: New Orleans prior to and After Katrina, they current their findings. The stellar roster of individuals contains Pulitzer Prize-winner John McQuaid, whose past paintings anticipated the failure of the levees and the approaching catastrophe; longtime Boston Globe newsman Curtis Wilkie, a French region resident for almost fifteen years; and Katy Reckdahl, an award-winning freelance journalist who gave start to her son in a brand new Orleans medical institution the day prior to Katrina hit. They and the remainder of the investigative group interviewed householders and future health officers, first responders and politicians, and evacuees and different traditional voters to discover the hurricane from a variety of angles, together with future health care, social companies, housing and assurance, and emergency preparedness. additionally they determine the political, social, geographical, and technological elements that compounded the tragedy. entire and balanced, urban Adrift offers not just an evaluate of what went incorrect within the titanic effortless in the course of and following storm Katrina, but additionally, extra importantly, a street map of what needs to be performed to make sure that the sort of devastating tragedy is by no means repeated.184 pages, 29 Halftones, 6 x nine
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We’re not picking on any one community,” he said. “And Hurricane Katrina didn’t discriminate against anybody. ” Besides ravaging the man-made landscape, Katrina took a toll on the natural environment. S. 50 Scientists estimated that the storm destroyed more than 100 square miles of wetlands, including chopping up the Chandeleur Islands, an important barrier island chain. “We lost more than all we gained” under the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, the state-federal restoration effort, said Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
But once the new chief had shaken the place out of its torpor, he said, “we were more than happy to say we were with FEMA. ” 28 Witt had Clinton’s unqualiﬁed support, so much so that the president elevated the FEMA director’s job to Cabinet-level status in 1996. “The joke was, if we wanted the space shuttle to do a ﬂy-by, we could do it,” said Mark Merritt, who served as Witt’s deputy chief of staff at FEMA and now works for his disaster relief consulting ﬁrm, James Lee Witt Associates. “James Lee could pick up the phone and call the secretary of defense.
Over the next few years, construction of many miles of these I-type ﬂoodwalls is proposed at an estimated cost of over $100,000,000. 2 After analyzing the data, the scientists concluded that they could indeed relax the standards — sheet pile would not have to be driven as deep as had once been required. That would later prove to be one of the most spectacularly off-base conclusions in the history of American engineering. The test also revealed a problem — little-noticed at the time — that would play a pivotal role in Katrina’s ﬂooding of New Orleans.