Effects Of Hurricane Katrina In The US Gulf Coast

Hurricane is one of the nature’s most destructive disasters. It reaches the shore and causes enormous damage to life, property, creates flash floods, storm surges, fire damage and mudslides.

Among all hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina was the costliest as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of United States. This disaster occurred in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.

On August 23, 2005, the hurricane Katrina was formed over the Bahamas and then crossed southern Florida in a moderate category. Hurricane generally causes some deaths and flooding, but Hurricane Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas. Disaster effect was high due to the storm surge.

However, the severe property damage took placed in coastal areas, like Mississippi beachfront towns. They were flooded over to 90 percent in hours. At least 1,836 people lost their lives in hurricane and subsequent floods. All these destruction made Katrina as the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane.

The disaster had major implications on the population, economy, and politics of the entire United States. It has prompted congressional review of the Corps of Engineers and the failure of the federally built flood protection system.