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    National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield warned that the “greatest potential for the nightmare scenarios, in the Gulf of Mexico anyway, is that New Orleans and southeast Louisiana area” (Msnbc 2005). Paying attention to Mayfield’s precautions, Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, piloted a “Hurricane Pam” exercise thirteen months before Katrina struck to evaluate how the city would handle a hypothetical Category 3 hurricane. The exercise projected an opening in the levee structure would flood the city and damage nearly 87% of homes (Msnbc 2005). Two days before the storm hit, former President George W. Bush received in depth warnings in a 41-page evaluation via email concerning Hurricane Katrina’s probable effect, including prophetic predictions of breached levees, considerable flooding, and loss of life and possessions. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking Democrat, reacted to the assessment in an announcement saying the “administration 's failure to fully heed the warnings of its analysts "compounded the tragedy”” (Warrick…

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    Katrina Crisis Essay

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    The real crisis occurred after landfall and there were inadequate preparation for levee breach. Response was prepared according their thought that the levees would hold. The emergency response plan did not include: - Aquatic resources needed to be improvised - Adequate resources that would provide humanitarian aid. - Contingencies that should be taken when the city was submerged under water. - Rescuers were not trained in water rescue and there was no urban search. In addition, the United…

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    the region into a Third World country…it revealed one” (Glover). In the wake of this darkness, Hurricane Katrina proved to America that as a nation, there was no way to prepare for a cataclysmic natural event of this size. As the winds raged on and the waters crashed against the coast, ultimately drowning out around 80% of the state, Hurricane Katrina proved it was more than just a category five hurricane, but that it was a historical storm, holding a position of the third deadliest hurricane…

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    Ninth Ward Levee Analysis

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    It was the failure of the levees on the Industrial channel that caused devastating flooding to the surrounding Ninth Ward neighbourhood leading to many social implications within the community. The levee failure caused a torrent of water to pour into the neighbourhood with buoyancy forces that caused 125 structures to float onto the roads (Green et al. 2007), with more structures requiring demolition due to damage. It was the Ninth Ward district that also experienced the greatest loss of life…

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    Although New Orleans was and currently protected by approximately 350 miles of levee structure, around 170 miles of the structure took damage or ended up destroyed, this also includes the 53 breaches in which the levee system failed completely. Thus, one can only imagine why the levee system failed to protect the citizens of New Orleans. The article Understanding Katrina (Cover Story) mentions the under constructed system in their text by stating “The city's levees, many decades old, had been…

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    The 17th Street Canal levee failure is one the most intrigued cases because it failed before the water reached the top of the I-wall, upon analysis of the ground and the structure it was found that the shear strength was selected unconservatively, hence there were inconsistencies on the design from the very beginning, and the gaps were created because as the water level raised the increased load created a separation of the wall from the soil. These observations lead to the conclusion that the…

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    Troy Maxson and Levee are both characters from August Wilson plays. Troy was the Character from Fences and Levee was the character from Ma Rainey’s black bottom. “Fences is a story of Troy Maxson and his family who struggle to cope with the changes” (BEŞE). In America, in the late 50s, August Wilson created these characters to reflect on how difficult things were for African American males and their families. Wilson also creates a narrative structure which dramatizes each character role in…

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    “Nigger, you stepped on my shoe!” (Wilson 110) Levee screams right before plunging the knife into Toledo’s back. How can a pair of shoes trigger a murder? In August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Levee Green’s explosive personality tie to his black experience combining with a series of unfortunate events cause a pair of shoes to catalyze a deadly altercation resulting in the murder of Toledo. Shoes are usually considered as a regular part of a daily wardrobe or the finishing touch…

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    of their music. Through the youthful and self-assured trumpet player, Levee, the story of his personal failings and inevitable destruction of his aspirations is told. The focus of Wilson’s allegory is the purchase of Levee’s new shoes, and how his new shoes are symbolic of the changing of the times and pride in one’s self. Levee began the play by bragging about his new shoes, that he bought with money he won from a fellow band member. To his dismay, however, everyone begins to poke fun of him…

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    struggles. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a play by August Wilson, is about black band members and their conversations during their recording of some songs. They were playing blues music, which was music that came about right after the reconstruction era and during the Great Migration. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom uses Levee, the youngest band member, to symbolize the real struggle of black musicians in an era where prejudice conquered people’s thoughts. It shows the reader also how self-destruction…

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