Friday, August 29, 2014

New Orleans LA & beyond: Nine years since Hurricane Katrina

Katrina track 2005 [photo source] 

Click on link to view events and stories published at the Times Picayune:
Hurricane Katrina's 9th anniversary will be remembered with plays, rallies & more

Please study Wikipedia's comprehensive page regarding the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. 
Excerpts from that page:
On August 29, Katrina's storm surge caused 53 different levee breaches in greater New Orleans, submerging eighty percent of the city.
At least 1,833 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods... 
The hurricane surge protection failures in New Orleans are considered the worst civil engineering disaster in U.S. history[5] and prompted a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the designers and builders of the levee system as mandated by the Flood Control Act of 1965. Responsibility for the failures and flooding was laid squarely on the Army Corps in January 2008 by Judge Stanwood Duval, U.S. District Court,[6] but the federal agency could not be held financially liable because of sovereign immunity in the Flood Control Act of 1928. There was also an investigation of the responses from federal, state and local governments, resulting in the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael D. Brown, and of New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Eddie Compass.