Hurricane Katrina

It was four years ago that people and animals in our country were floating dead down the street of their town.

Today Rachel Maddow showed Tom Ridge (former Homeland Secretary) footage of Katrina and asked him about the failings surrounding that rescue effort. To his credit he wasn't in office at the time (he left months before). Thank you Rachel for not letting that devestating event be forgotten.

I didn't realize this:
At least 1,836 people lost their lives in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. Economist and crisis consultant Randall Bell wrote: "Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was the largest natural disaster in the history of the United States. Preliminary damage estimates were well in excess of $100 billion, eclipsing many times the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992."


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