Flooding of New Orleans Nine Years Ago
Published on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:20am
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The initial damage caused by the storm was worsened by the collapse of levees surrounding the city. Most of the city is below sea level, so water flooded the city and had to be pumped out over the following weeks.
New Orleans is a beautiful city - the public art, the music on the street, and the oaks growing out over wide streets make every visit one to love. It is tragic that the city was forced through such a horrible catastrophe. Hurricane Katrina was unavoidable. Faulty levees and political debacles that allowed the city to stay underwater for weeks could have been prevented.
Francis Gregory Library will host two programs about New Orleans this month. On September 10 at 6 p.m., come watch Don't Eat the Baby: Adventures at Post-Katrina Mardi Gras. The film documents the first post-Katrina Mardi Gras celebration. On September 30 at 4:30 p.m. we will discuss A.D.: After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld. A.D. is a graphic novel that follows the lives of five people living in New Orleans through the hurricane and shortly after.