Hurricane Katrina shredded one of the great cities of the South, and as levees failed and the federal relief effort proved lethally incompetent, a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe.
- Preparations for Hurricane Katrina
- List of major natural disasters in the United States
- Levee failures in Greater New Orleans, 2005
- Effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans
As an editor of New Orleans’ daily newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize—winning Times-Picayune, Jed Horne has had a front-row seat to the unfolding drama of the city’s collapse into chaos and its continuing struggle to survive.As the Big One bore down, New Orleanians rich and poor, black and white, lurched from giddy revelry to mandatory evacuation.
The thousands who couldn’t or wouldn’t leave initially congratulated themselves on once again riding out the storm.
But then the unimaginable happened: Within a day 80 percent of the city was under water.
The rising tides chased horrified men and women into snake-filled attics and onto the roofs of their houses.
Heroes in swamp boats and helicopters braved wind and storm surge to bring survivors to dry ground.
Mansions and shacks alike were swept away, and then a tidal wave of lawlessness inundated the Big Easy.
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