Hurricane Katrina evacuee hopes history doesn't repeat itself with Harvey

Cheryl Sanders
September 4, 2017

The storm's resulting damage was estimated to cause approximately 108 billion dollars' worth of damage.

The flash flooding set to occur in parts of Louisiana - specifically the New Orleans metro area - evokes memories of Katrina for many, a hurricane that claimed the lives of 1,833 US citizens from Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia.

So, what gives this time?

The city also says in a tweet in both English and Spanish that it is not checking the immigration status of anyone coming into shelters.

Edward's request declaring an emergency disaster request for five Southwest Louisiana parishes. And this problem will only get worse in the days ahead.

The forecast comes as New Orleans' drainage system is at a diminished capacity following recent pumping failures. "We would not even be talking about it", McNoldy told AFP.

Katrina's winds and storm surge reached the MS coast on the morning of August 29, 2005. "There just wouldn't be anything left inside", he said.

As much as 6 to 12 more inches of rain (15 to 30 centimeters) could fall in western Louisiana.

According to the National Weather Service, Harvey will make landfall again later this evening or early Wednesday morning as a tropical storm.

But the city is flat, so the flooding has been less abrupt - "people could get to their rooftops, basically", said McNoldy - and the water should drain off faster than in the case of North Orleans.

And "little streams that usually flow very modestly are now trying to carry huge volumes of water, overflowing their banks. They fit into the same category", Lowell Taylor said.

Twelve years ago this week, the city of Houston responded with heroic life-saving actions to the near drowning of New Orleans.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey may turn out to be the most destructive natural disaster this country has ever experienced. Warnings about the storm were all over TV and elsewhere for days in advance. "This will continue to be a heavy rain and flood event, although I don't want people to totally discount what can happen because of the wind".

Officials say they have received disturbing reports of people impersonating Homeland Security special agents and telling residents to evacuate in order to rob their homes.

As former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels said when his city welcomed the Katrina survivors: "We will rebuild, one life at a time".

The shelter is a temporary solution, White said, a lesson city officials learned after Katrina, when newly arrived flood victims were given apartments vouchers that allowed them to settle in 35,000 vacant apartments.

Raeann Barber, 37, came to Houston in 2005 after fleeing bad conditions in a New Orleans shelter with nothing more than her nightgown.

Spangler said the entire town was ghostly quite. "And what happens if you don't have a vehicle?"

Darian Ward, a spokeswoman for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, said the convention center adjacent to the city's National Football League stadium and the Astrodome will open at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Cowen should know, because Katrina in 2005 flooded 70 percent of Tulane, which forced the university to close for a whole semester.

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