Katrina victim Rachel Allen didn’t lose her house again like she did in New Orleans, but she tells the outlet she’s devastated over Hurricane Harvey’s power.
Harvey poured as much as 374 billion gallons of water within the city limits, exceeding the capacity of rivers, bayous, lakes and reservoirs. Southern and western parts of Louisiana could see 10 to 15 more inches of rain, meteorologists say.
But it has been a hard struggle that persists. Local reporters need to inform people – if someone can hear a broadcast on radio or if their TV was still working, they heard that there were over 10,000 calls into 911 centers and that it was very risky outside.
Houston is no New Orleans.
It’s still unclear how Hurricane Harvey will measure up to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Sandy. It took days to get the water pumped out. Bush’s critics accused his Republican administration of playing politics in an adversarial relationship with Blanco, a Democrat. Bush was heavily criticised for a slow federal government response to the storm, which left more than 1800 people dead and caused $US151 billion in damage. “I’m not even 30 years old and I’ve lived through two of the worst storms in USA history”. Eighty percent of below-sea-level New Orleans went underwater; at the worst of Houston’s flooding this past week 25 to 30 percent of above-sea-level Harris County was submerged, an official with the local flood control district told The Washington Post. Today that number has risen by more than 50%, thanks to the still uninterrupted economic expansion engineered by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the 08-09 crash. In fact, overbuilding is one reason why Harvey’s damage has been so severe. It was about a man seen fueling up his boat at a New Orleans gas station.
The storm was unprecedented, but the city has been deceiving itself for decades about its vulnerability to flooding, said Robert Bea, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and University of California, Berkeley emeritus civil engineering professor who has studied hurricane risks along the Gulf Coast.
The chest-high water coursed so fiercely they joined hands with neighbors to form a human chain to help each other cross. He exited after seeing people picking through clothes and hauling off food and water.
“We really saw with great tragic effects in Louisiana and MS that if the individuals aren’t prepared, then they’ll perish”, Smithson said.
“It’s not just, ‘Oh, those poor people, ‘” she added. There were stories about people being murdered in the Superdome that were all made up.
While New Orleans is not completely free from Harvey just yet, there will be some spotty showers lasting for a few minutes instead on Wednesday. One immediate solution was to bring in small travel trailers. “People have built in this massive flood plain”. But here in Louisiana, particularly after the storms a year ago, where we had over 100,000 FEMA claims and massive damage, we anxious a lot about mosquitoes and do mosquito counts and look at that.
Some endured long waits to get their trailers.
The Tampa Bay area is the most vulnerable in the United States to flooding and hurricane damage. A federal report also found that Louisiana was disproportionately helping homeowners over renters. “New Orleans has done it”. Lawsuits over that drywall are still in court.
For many days after the storm, New Orleans ceased functioning as a modern American city. “Based on our experiences, it will take years for people to recover and many never will”.
Father Tim concurred that the two cities are now intertwined in tragedy. It has an extensive network of highways and most people have cars, he said. They also said that students who have to move frequently are more likely to drop out of school. While the city endures this disaster, the football team that calls it home looks to help in any way they can.