Weather Disasters: Land Effects Of Hurricane Katrina

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Weather Disasters Weather disasters happen because weather conditions change, this brings unusual weather results, which can lead to the unexpected or demand emergency actions. Furthermore, these weather conditions can easily turn into weather disasters, which by history, can cause major damage in largely populated areas. Examples of such weather or climate changes come in forms of floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes or tsunamis, which can all cause disasters. With that in mind, disasters affect the public in many forms, this stands a fact for many disasters. Disaster’s come in ways that can easily change the structure of a communities. Such impacts arrive in forms of live lost, affects to living conditions and economic impacts. This paper …show more content…
The land effects of Hurricane Katrina came in many ways, this especially to living conditions for the people left behind. One must understand that the damages caused by a hurricane do not stop after the hurricane deteriorates. The aftermath of a hurricane creates many changes to the land, these alterations, for many circumstances create an everlasting distress to that soil. Close to 90 percent of the city of New Orleans was flooded, some parts of the city under 20 feet of water, this brought concerns of West Nile, mold, and high endotoxin levels (Frank, 2015). Not to mention the permanent transformations a hurricane can have on forests and green spaces. The storm not only destroyed homes, businesses, schools and hospitals, but it also destroyed natural habitats. These damages will cause a large impact to the local environment, not only because these natural resources provide people with drinking water, food, and energy, but also because it left behind a shocking amount of debris. The storm destroyed so many homes, buildings, forests, and green spaces that an extraordinary amount of debris was left behind, 118 million cubic yards, in comparison, to Hurricane Andrew, which created 20 million cubic yards of debris (Fox News, 2006). The effects of such storms do not only effect the land and living conditions, but they can also cause an overwhelming blow to the local …show more content…
The cost was greater than just emergency work, much of New Orleans involved long term work or response, recovery was not at a low-cost for the city of New Orleans. This fact is true because, as mentioned earlier, the town was destroyed, completely covered in water, 80 percent of the city was flooded (Moore, 2010). This destroyed not only houses and other public utilities, but it also destroyed many of the economic sources the city depended on. Tourist attractions was one of them, many people visit this city, not to forget the ports, another major economic stimulator for New Orleans (2010). One must remember that coastal towns bring-in and ship-out many goods, this is a major form or income for any port or industry involving the transportation of goods. These changes will last a very long time, and perhaps, some of the real damages caused by Hurricane Katrina will never become fully understood. There is no sure saying when the population, along with this city’s economy, will ever fully recover. The financial losses caused by Hurricane Katrina are practically incalculable (Lutgens & Tarbuck, 2014, p. 462). The economic impact came from many aspects, it is unclear what the city would have earned if this storm did not strike it the way it did. However, one can obviously note that the economy in New Orleans will take

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