Academic journal article Language Arts

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans

Academic journal article Language Arts

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans

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2016 Orbis Pictus Award Winner Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Written and illustrated by Don Brown Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015, 96 pp., ISBN 978-0-54415777-4

On August 29, 2005, at 6:10 a.m., Hurricane Katrina crashed ashore and obliterated the small fishing town of Buras, Louisiana. The hurricane continued along the coastline to Mississippi where 231 people died, and then traveled to Alabama where it destroyed homes. The power of the storm then descended on the city of New Orleans. Over 80 percent of the residents had evacuated, but many people stayed because they were afraid to leave, they were stubborn, or they lacked money and/or transportation. When the levees breached, a million gallons of water a minute flooded the streets and neighborhoods, stranding thousands in their homes or in the Superdome. For days, emergency workers and volunteers attempted to rescue people from rooftops or from the surging water. Other storm survivors broke into the convention center even though it contained no food, water, or beds. Looting ran rampant, and hospitals struggled to keep patients alive. …

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