2005 Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. Aug 25 - Tropical Storm Katrina upgraded to Hurricane. Aug 25 - Severity 1 Katrina hits Florida, killing seven. Aug 28 - Strengthens to Severity 1 in Gulf of Mexico. Aug 29 - Hits Gulf Coast near New Orleans as Severity 4 causing tremendous damage. Aug 30 - Water from swollen Lake Pontchartrain overflows a levee. Broken levees flood up to 80% of New Orleans, which is below sea level. And it just got harder from there, dealing with devastating damage, rescues and evacuations, persistent shortages of food and water, and difficulties with communications and logistics.
A photo presentation of Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic effects on the coastal towns of south Mississippi.
Official site provides information on local offices, mutual aid and road closures.
On August 31, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco ordered evacuation of New Orleans. Pentagon mounting biggest search-and-rescue in U.S. history.
Collection of the periodic reports given by the National Hurricane Center of NOAA August 23-30, 2005.
Links to sites that deal with health issues facing hurricane survivors and rescue workers.
Personal pages by Kathryn Cramer with news reports of the flooding of New Orleans following breaks and overflows of the levees.
Includes press releases, missing persons, contacts, staging centers, and relief distribution points.
Scientists examine the future of New Orleans beyond 2100. Factors include sea level rise, land subsidence (sinking three feet per century), loss of wetlands, and the absence of restoration programs on the Mississippi River Delta.
A weblog for residents to share information on missing loved ones, discuss the aftermath and help each other.
Phones are out and fiber optic cables are broken. Emergency communication is crowded on one frequency. Solutions include satellite phones and runners. (NBC News)
Attempts to separate truth from fiction regarding the disaster, its causes, aftermath, and relief efforts.
Reprint of award winning articles with predictions of hurricane and flood dangers for New Orleans similar to what eventually happened. By Mark Schleifstein and John McQuaid of The Times-Picayune.
Contains history of the storm, and its effects on the region.
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