NOVA - Hurricane Katrina: The Storm That Drowned a City
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It's not as if Katrina took New Orleans completely by surprise, as the city had dodged "the big one" on a number of occasions, including the previous year. Ivan was a monster storm that changed direction at the last moment, sparing New Orleans, and everyone there must have breathed a sigh of relief. I find it hard to believe that some city officials scoffed at the dire findings from 2004's Hurricane Pam simulation of a major storm hitting the city - it's been common knowledge for decades that a powerful hurricane would flood New Orleans. It's a beautiful city, but let's face facts here: this is the last place anyone should have built a metropolis. We're talking about a bowl sitting several feet below sea level, bordered by the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchatrain, with the Gulf of Mexico within hailing distance. Expansion had robbed the city of what little protection it had from storm surges, and the outdated levee system hid a number of vulnerabilities throughout the city.
The documentary follows Katrina's path from its origins off the coast of Africa to its fateful rendezvous with the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. It offers one of the most understandable explanations for hurricanes I've ever heard - why they form, how they behave, etc.Read more ›
I was amazed at the filming of the storm, and how officials were shocked and emotionally wounded because they knew what would happen, and saw the awful aftermath of death and destruction and physical and mental suffering of innocents.
The hurricane's winds were overwhelming; however, the catastrophic storm surges, high waves from the hurricane that surged onto shore caused most of the deaths and were examined in great detail in this one hour documentary.
It was also pointed out that global warming seems to make hurricanes more intense and a growing threat as ocean temperatures rise.
The documentary is valuable in teaching us how many elements cause New Orleans to be a very risky place to live: The Mississippi River affects the wetlands replenishment of soil, the levees' strength and height, and New Orleans' location in a bowl-like area 6-7 feet below sea level.
New Orleans and all those who love the area have a gigantic problem to face up to. Much money and a long time span are involved in rebuilding the city in the right way. It needs 50 years to be done right, like the Delta Works in the Netherlands after the 1953 disaster. Good engineering and planning are crucial.
I expected a little more either from a historical perspective of the city of New Oreleans or why the levees failed during Hurrican Katrina. This documentary gives a distant aerial perspective of what happened in one this country's most devastating events.
Spike Lee's documentary 'When The Levees Broke' is a far more poignant and revealing insight into what happened, how it happened, and why.
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Oh the memories! We lived through it when we lived on the Alabama coast - excellent coveragePublished 2 months ago by Linda M Maly
students loved it couldn't wait to show it to the rest of the kids. what a great video for high schoolersPublished on March 23, 2014 by Brent Horner
Wanted to use this video in conjunction with a FOSS weather kit in my 6th grade science class. It was perfect! Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Kevin M. Riley
Great book. It helped me to understand the Katrina disaster with a new eye. It covers different subjects of the tragedy that highlight our understanding.Published on March 21, 2011 by Alan Tanguy
I liked this movie despite other critics. This was a disaster beyond imaging. I lived in New Orleans for a number of years and grew to love the city. Read morePublished on May 29, 2010 by Sara Howard