New Orleans was settled on a natural high ground along the Mississippi River. Later developments that eventually extended to nearby Lake Pontchartrain were built on fill to bring them above the average lake level. Navigable commercial waterways extended from the lake into the interior of the city to promote waterborne commerce. After the construction of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal inthe state closed these waterways causing the town's water table to lower drastically.
A look at Hurricane Katrina before it hits land near New Orleans. The colors in the image so the the intensity of the storm. You can visibly see the eye of the storm.
It then moved northwest, becoming Tropical Storm Katrina. It continued through the northwestern Bahamas August and then went westward towards southern Florida. It then moved southwest across southern Florida and into the eastern Gulf of Mexico August The center made landfall near Buras, Louisiana August 29 and continued north.
It was still a hurricane near Laurel, Mississippi, but became a tropical depression over the Tennessee Valley August It continued up to the Great Lakes, weakening until it became a frontal zone August Outbreaks of West Nile, mold, and endotoxin levels rising were the biggest concerns.
With the flooding came all new types of bacteria from the open water, leaving New Orleans with little to defend itself. The medical centers were either destroyed or in utter disarray and power was lost for quite awhile. The concern that people were going to get sick because of contaminated food or water also weighed heavily on people's minds.
All of the health concerns for New Orleans came from the amount of flood water because there was so much of it, that it was an optimal breeding ground for mosquitoes and the water covered everything making nothing truly safe.
The darker areas are the flood waters and the dates under the pictures show the progress made to rid the city of the water.
Clean Up The clean up for Hurricane Katrina is still on going. A lot of water flooded the city and some areas that were flooded near New Orleans are still under water. Those areas may just become lakes because the water may never drain out.
New Orleans had to fix their water pumps in order to drain their city. This took a few days because they couldn't replace them since the pumps they did have, weren't manufactured anymore. The extra time it took to repair the pumps meant that the city stayed in the dirty water that much longer. This meant that most homes that were flooded had to be completely destroyed.
The foundations were weakened and more and more mold was growing.NEW ORLEANS – August 26‚ – As we approach the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, people around the world will reflect on the devastating impact that the storm and subsequent levee failures had on New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region.
Flooding. When the levees protecting New Orleans failed in August , approximately 80 percent of the city was flooded. The purpose of this study was to document changes in mental and physical health among low-income parents exposed to Hurricane Katrina and to explore how hurricane-related stressors and loss relate to post-Katrina well being.
The prevalence of probable serious mental illness doubled, and nearly. In order to fully understand the impact Hurricane Katrina had on the economic status of New Orleans, it is important to know the culture and economic forces driving the city.
One of the city’s major ways of securing a stable economy is the fact that the city is a major tourist attraction for the United States. Overall, more than 1, people lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Katrina. More than 1, death occurred in Louisiana, around in Mississippi, and 14 in Florida.
Katrina is . Perhaps the longest-lasting impact of Hurricane Katrina was its environmental damage that impacted public health. Significant amounts of industrial waste and raw sewage spilled directly into New Orleans neighborhoods, and oil spills from offshore rigs, coastal refineries, and even corner gas.
Economic Impact: Katrina's true cost was $ billion, according to the University of North Texas Professor Bernard Weinstein. He includes both the damage and its economic impact. Weinstein estimated uninsured losses at $ billion, and insured losses at $35 billion.
The worst flooding occurred in New Orleans' 9th Ward.