The wind damage was not as severe in many parts of Louisiana. What did cause damage was flooding from tides, tidal surges and levee breaks.
The hurricane flood waters were contaminated by oil and other bad things. This mixture of chemical and biological contaminants has created problems for the people of Louisiana. Many residents are talking to laywers regarding their legal problems steming from the oil spill in Chalmette.
Most cities and communities have no comprehensive plan for what to do about flooded areas. It is just to complicated.
The Army Corps of Engineers set up the "Blue Roof Program" of putting blue tarps over damaged roofs. These cost the US government about the same as it would to replace the roof with real roofing materials (about $175 a square yard)! The tarps have a life span of 30 days - this is not good since the insurance companies are lagging in their pay outs.
Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch is a new project to document and investigate the rebuilding of the Southern Gulf in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Through original reporting, in-depth features, voices from community leaders, and other unique coverage, Watch aims to promote a more democratic and accountable reconstruction in the South. Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch is a project of the Institute for Southern Studies, a non-profit research and education center, and the Institute’s flagship magazine, Southern Exposure.
Hurricane Recovery Resources FHA Mortgage Relief, Housing Discrimination, Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, available multifamily and single family vacancies and large-volume properties, .
Life in New Orleans "Because New Orleans takes care of its own!"
State Of Louisiana's official website for dissemination of information concerning hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Americans for Insurance Reform If you are a victim of Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita and feel you are being unfairly treated or denied a claim by your insurance company
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