The time when Hurricane Katrina diminished the U.S.

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              Hurricane Katrina

One hurricane can change the lives of thousands




The Story




Hurricane Katrina



By Megha Ravi

On August 23rd,

Two storms form

Trouble for 2005

Hurricane Katrina is born.

Katrina travels through

The Atlantic Ocean weak

Who knows what will happen?

It has havoc soon to wreak.

By August 27th

A lot of people leave

The Gulf Coast is worried

Soon many will grieve.

August 29th

Florida is hit

Everyone is scared

Just a little bit.

Katrina moves closer

To Louisiana fast

New Orleans is at risk

The damage could be vast.


New Orlean’s Superdome

Offered shelter to those

Who didn't evacuate yet

The number of people there grows.

Many stayed home

They didn’t know

Katrina’s power

They tried to lie low.


New Orleans was scared

Their city was in danger

They hoped for the best

But their lives got stranger.

After destroying Florida

Katrina made its way

To South Louisiana

Many started to pray.


New Orleans being destroyed

Water rushing through streets

Chaos breaks out everywhere

Katrina and New Orleans meet.

Winds blew fiercely

City filled with water

People trapped on rooftops

Katrina still has to slaughter.


Leaving into Mississippi

Katrina slowly dies

Losing strength in Tennessee

It slowly says good-bye.


Survivors looking for food

Wandering aimlessly around

Tied to poles of sadness

Some forever bound.



The Superdome is strong

It held a whole lot

20,000 people wait

More supplies were brought.


Thankfully, buses came

Took half the people away

To shelters in different places

They have somewhere to stay.


Shelters across were provided

An airport in Louisiana opened

People flying to their families

Help has now awoken.


September 6th, 2005

New Orleans residents go

The mayor evacuates all

The restoration is slow.


People who witnessed Katrina,

Have horrible memories and thoughts

Trying so hard to forget it all

They’re tangled up in knots.


Step by step,

Hand by hand

All the damaged areas

Will rise and stand.


Today, 2016

The survivors are all right

But a piece of their souls

Have vanished in the darkness of night.


The Whole Tragedy of Katrina

On August 23rd, 2005, in the Bahamas, Tropical Depression 10 and a Tropical Wave crashed together and formed Hurricane Katrina. This was known as Tropical Depression 12 in the Bahamas.

         By August 27th, many people evacuated. The worst estimated area that would get hit by Katrina was New Orleans. Mayor Ray Nagin ordered New Orleans to evacuate. People who couldn’t manage a way to get out of the city went to the Superdome in Louisiana. Lots chose the other choice: to wait out the storm. They felt a need to protect their property.

          On August 29th, 2005 Hurricane Katrina first hit the Florida Panhandle, on Hallandale Beach. Katrina moved to Southeast Louisiana, near Buras-Triumph, rising to a category 3. Hurricane Katrina was extremely close to New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina went to New Orleans, it grew to a category 5. At this time, this was the highest peak of Katrina's power. The tens of thousands who chose to wait out the storm at home were in big trouble. Dirty and muddy water rushed through the streets filling up people’s houses. People were dying by drowning in the deep murky water. Stranded on rooftops of houses,people were scared, hungry and sick.

There were about 20,000 people in the Superdome when Katrina hit. Most of them had no food or medical care. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it still continued into Mississippi. It was now a category 3. It lost strength near Meridian, Mississippi, and instead lowered to a Tropical Depression in Tennessee. Pieces of the Depression were consumed by a Frontal Boundary. The rest of the storm moved into Canada.

           In the Superdome, buses came and took about 13,000 of the evacuees to other shelters.  There were also many reports of looting. A lot of these reports were just survivors looking for food and water. Louis Armstrong International Airport reopened and evacuees boarded the planes. September 6th, 2005, Mayor Ray Nagin evacuated everyone as a mandatory order to whoever was not involved in the city’s restoration. A total of 1,833 people had been killed, which devastated the U.S.

          Today, in 2016, 11 years after Katrina, survivors still remember horrible memories in the hurricane. So many witnessed the death of their own families and friends. This still stays in their mind, following them wherever they go.

This is a picture of the floods created by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, surviviors in New Orleans and other damaged places were scavenging for food and water. The U.S government was struggling to help the people. But, help arrived! About 70 other countries offered donations, supplies, and medical care. Albania, Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, and many other countries donated money to the Red Cross Association and the U.S government. Countries also sent supplies, such as blankets, medicine, water, and food. Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Isarel were countries that sent tons of materials and contributed the most money. They were important in the aide of the people who lived through Hurricane Katina. Since a lot of countries helped, the recovery of New Orleans and other attacked areas has been successful.

Help Came From

Around the World!

The U.S military unpack supplies sent from other countries to help the government aide the people that withstood Katrina.

Many people say that the goverment and George W Bush,(the president at the time) didn't do anything to help. In some cases, that can be true but, in others it is not. Apparently, George W Bush and government officials didn't know the condition of which the surviviors were in. On national television, the people of the United States of America saw how surviviors didn't have any water, food, and even pictures of houses that were ripped apart and destroyed. People critisized the government. In 2015,  Barack Obama, the modern day president stated, " A failure of government to look out for its own citizens" He was talking about how the government failed to protect the injured residents of New Orleans after Katrina. But, there is another side to this. Some say that the government did what they could, asking countries for help, sending out materials, and setting up shelters. Did they really do something or not? The argument is still on today.

Argument About the Government

George W Bush looks out the window of an airplane onto New Orleans. 

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To the people who survived Hurricane Katrina, they've lost family members, and they can't escape the memories and the awful flashbacks. I can't even imagine what it would be like for them 



The Story


        Hurricane Katrina


  By Megha Ravi