What have been the most significant environmental impacts of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans? Significant amounts of industrial waste and raw sewage spilled directly into New Orleans neighborhoods.
Challenges for the Community The affected area of Hurricane Katrina covered three states and approximately 90, square miles. In the state of Louisiana alone, approximately 1. This was a daunting task that required evacuating the most densely populated area of the state to unaffected regions both within the state and in other states around the country.
The state of Louisiana evacuated approximately 1. However, approximatelytoindividuals accurate numbers were difficult to attain remained during the storm. While many people chose to stay, others did not have an opportunity to evacuate because of unavailable resources, noted Jimmy Guidry of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
During the pre- and post-storm evacuation, the state set up special needs shelters for those with medical needs and began triaging approximately 30, to 40, people. The largest emergency room of beds was established at an assembly center to take care of people from affected areas.
Available resources were stretched further when Hurricane Rita made landfall in the Gulf Coast a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina. While Hurricane Katrina affected primarily the eastern part of Louisiana, Hurricane Rita affected the western part.
The challenge in responding to Hurricane Rita was that individuals evacuated before Hurricane Katrina to the western part of Louisiana needed to be reevacuated to the eastern and northern parts of the state. Thus, within two hours of the order to evacuate from the path of Hurricane Rita, every remaining gymnasium and every empty space not in the affected area became a shelter, said Guidry.
In the initial days following the storm flooding of Hurricane Katrina, the state evacuated approximately 12, caregivers and their patients from 25 hospitals. This was a slow process. In some cases patients were evacuated, one or two at a time, by boat to a helipad where they were transferred to a helicopter that brought them to the airport, from which they were flown to other states.
This evacuation of hospital patients to out-of-state locations helped to empty beds and prepared hospitals for attending to victims of the storms.
A multidisciplinary team comprising both state and federal agencies and workers was formed to address these problems, including but not limited to the U.
The environmental issues of concern included the following: Public health service and sanitation professionals in New Orleans were evaluating the quality of the floodwaters that were being pumped into Lake Pontchartrain. They were assessing infectious and chemical agents and evaluating impacts in other areas subject to gravitational unwatering i.
At the same time, a multidisciplinary team of engineers from state and federal agencies was involved in the restoration and improvement of the levee system.
Public health service and sanitation professionals were monitoring both municipal and community water quality and successfully conveying health warnings when water was not safe to drink.
Pesticides were being applied to control mosquitoes and flies. The public was notified about aerial applications and disease surveillance.
Elimination of standing water and removal and proper disposal of debris were encouraged to deter mosquitoes and flies from multiplying.
The food supply in food establishments, both retail and wholesale, was being inspected and certified.TCP causes inland flooding that can result in significant economic damage and loss of life,. At a larger scale, there is an increasing trend in North Atlantics TCs’ contribution to both annual total rainfall and extreme rainfall events (i.e., top 5% of rainfall events) from to .
In order to fully understand the impact Hurricane Katrina had on the economic status of New Orleans, it is important to know the culture and economic forces driving the city.
One of the city’s major ways of securing a stable economy is the fact that the city is a major tourist attraction for the United States. Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 monster storm. It was the most destructive hurricane to hit the United States.
It did more damage than any other natural disaster in U.S history. It did most of its damage after it hit Louisiana on August 29, That was after the National Hurricane Center reclassified down to a Category 3 hurricane. Hurricane Katrina, at one point a Category Five storm, caused millions of dollars in damage and left a death toll in the thousands.
Hurricane Katrina, at one point a Category Five storm, caused millions of dollars in damage and left a death toll in the thousands. environmental justice through the eye of hurricane katrina II JOINT CENTER FOR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STUDIES, HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE This research was funded by the The California Endowment Foundation.