Aug 28, 2006

Hurrican Katrina Disaster Rescue Disaster—How Could This Have Happened?


    Estimated death toll from Katrina, making it the deadliest storm to hit the U.S. since 1928.

    Number of people displaced by the storm.


    Percent of New Orleans that was flooded, some places under 20 feet of water.

    Amount of coastal wetlands that disappear every day to open water in coastal Louisiana.

    Square miles of coastal wetlands in the Mississippi Delta converted to open water after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    Miles of coastal marshes and wetlands between New Orleans and the open ocean needed to reduce storm surges by 1 foot.

    Amount needed annually for 30 years to restore coastal marshes and wetlands to fully protect New Orleans in the future.

    Amount of federal spending designated to rebuild New Orleans post-Katrina.

    Amount of these federal dollars designated for Gulf Coast wetlands restoration.

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    From Environmental Defense: Hurrican Katrina by the Numbers.

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