The battering of the storm surges beat against the levee system’s protective flood barriers
Levees fall on Aug. 30, 2005
Engineering failure? Overwhelming storm surge?
Levee breach in Lower Ninth Ward causes a thirty-foot wall of water to rush into the neighborhood, decimating the entire area
Picture to right was once a large neighborhood with many homes, cleared out by the storm surge (large purple object is a barge swept into the Lower Ninth Ward when levee broke)
Most of the flooding caused by the levee breaching, even reaching to the higher areas of elevation, such as the French Quarter
Areas Affected by the Storm (To the left is a map of the parishes, or towns, that make up New Orleans. To the right are aerial views of the flooding in New Orleans, which correspond to the areas on the map on the left) QUIT
After the flood waters retreated, many returned home, gutting their homes and putting the unsalvagable belongings in piles along the streets. Many who passed by looted these piles, becoming a problem, as well as breaking into homes to steal possessions
Many who stayed behind threatened to protect themselves and their stuff
Andrew Kiste is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University. He has done a lot of studying on New Orleans and the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and has been to New Orleans for hurricane relief work three times (he is pictured in two pictures on the “Recovery” slide ). He is very passionate about the New Orleans incident and the people that were affected, and believes that it was a major flaw in the US government system, an integral part of US History.