Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

by Jamie Pietras
     
 

When the first signs of sunlight emerged from the trickling rain on the morning of August 29, 2005, many residents of the city of New Orleans hoped the worst was behind them. Hours earlier, the tropical hurricane Katrina had made landfall at an area just 70 miles away, tearing the roofs off buildings and tossing boats like confetti. Tens of thousands of survivors

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When the first signs of sunlight emerged from the trickling rain on the morning of August 29, 2005, many residents of the city of New Orleans hoped the worst was behind them. Hours earlier, the tropical hurricane Katrina had made landfall at an area just 70 miles away, tearing the roofs off buildings and tossing boats like confetti. Tens of thousands of survivors in need of food, water, and medical attention sat stranded along the city's sweltering highways or in the Superdome and the Convention Center. Others remained trapped in their damaged homes. In an attempt to coordinate relief efforts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) implemented strict disaster-response rules that made it difficult for organizations to offer assistance. Worse, FEMA waited five days before sending much-needed supplies to the Convention Center. The Katrina disaster stands among the worst in U.S. history. It killed more than 1,600 people and destroyed 200,000 homes along the Gulf Coast. More than a million people fled the Gulf region, where economic losses and property damages from flooding were expected to reach a record {dollar}125 billion.

About the Author:
Jamie Pietras is a writer and journalist who lives in New York City. He holds an M.F.A. in creative writing with a concentration in nonfiction from Columbia University

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
The most recent of the "Great Historic Disasters" series, this volume attempts to explain the contributing factors, the event details and the results and impact of Hurricane Katrina. The series includes recent disasters such as Katrina and the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 as well as historic disasters such as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the sinking of the Titanic. The text is very detailed and quite dense in some places, with several pages of uninterrupted text. This might make the book challenging for younger or less-experienced readers. The tone of the discussion is often one of amazement, both at the strength and power of the force of nature and the incompetence of government leaders in their response. Photographs of scenes of thousands of American citizens stranded at the Superdome and families trapped on highways or even the roofs of their houses reminds us that the incomprehensible events happened to real people. The book also includes study helps such as a table of contents, maps a glossary, a bibliography of sources, suggestions for further study and a detailed index. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791096390
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Great Historic Disasters Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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