|The worst natural disaster in American history happened in 2005.|
World News Today send our condolences to those lost in this horrific tragedy.
On August 29th, 2005, the costliest and most deadliest natural disaster hit the Gulf Coast cities of New Orleans, Slidell. Gulfport, and Biloxi.
Over 1,940 people have lost their lives to such a destructive force of nature.
The hurricane was retired as a name. The impact was felt throughout the nation and the world. It gave the public a negative perception of leadership. It sealed a legacy of failure caused by the lack of government response to handle a catastrophe.
Hurricane Katrina started August 23rd in the Atlantic. The hurricane hit the Caribbean nations first. It landed on the southern tier of Florida. As the hurricane grew in the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane strengthen into a category 5 storm. When it crashed on Louisiana shore line, it was a disastrous category 3 storm.
The impact caused the collapse of the levee system in New Orleans. People stranded in the city were force to find food by looting businesses. The city was swamped. People were crying for help.
A handful of residents were forced to take refuge in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
It lead to 85% of New Orleans to be flooded by the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River and the canals.
President George W. Bush took the most heat. His failure to handle this crisis doomed his second term. He was on his annual vacation when this happened. The perception of ignoring a crisis came full circle when he finally made it out to New Orleans. The last time he caught flack was when September 11th happened in 2001. Many people rallied behind Bush during this crisis. But this time, it wasn't the case.
Of course, FEMA was active in New Orleans. But due to the Bush pledge of limited government, the organization couldn't muster enough relief to the victims. A handful of residents of New Orleans were poor. They couldn't afford flood insurance. So when the storm washed away their homes, they were left without a chance to rebuild.
FEMA's then chief Michael Brown took the fall. When FEMA's top workers were scrambled they didn't have the experience to deal with a wide scale disaster such as this. Bush would utter "Heck of a job Brownie" response. That would be words of infamy. blamed the government and the extreme partisanship by his fellow Republicans for the disaster. The White House denied it.
Matter of fact, the impact got Kathleen Blanco to not seek reelection for the governorship.
The government was unaware of the massive kickbacks and political corruption at the time. Nagin was taking steps to collect $$$$$ so his family could rebuilt and he can live the live of luxury. Nagin was indicted by the feds and found guilty in corruption. He is serving a dime in federal time out.
Bush's legacy went down in flames. It paved the way for Barack Obama to become the president.
Since Katrina, the government made it top priority to get things right.
Well ten years later, a long road ahead.
President Barack Obama, former president George W. Bush and members of Congress visit areas worst hit by the hurricane.
The historic Ninth Ward is still a long way to go. But hopefully, the government can rebuild this great city back to its glory.