Sunday, August 30, 2015

What can we learn from Hurricane Katrina?

UPDATE: I just wanted to add this image.

I watched the film below today. It's 4 parts. Shocking, very very disturbing how the events of this disaster unfolded.

How did it go so wrong and could that happen here? I shudder to think!

I send out love and light and pray so hard for all those poor Hurricane Katrina victims. Those poor poor people. Why? Why did they have to suffer like that? 

It is a very sad film but it is very well done and tells the story that I had never heard or known about and I think is very important people hear about it.

 I always wanted to visit New Orleans and I am sad I never saw it before. New Orleans is obviously made up of strong, courageous and determined people and I am sure they will endure, but the challenges faced here are understandably too many for most to survive. 

AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi

They will suffer the effects their entire lives and that will affect everyone around them. I hope a lot of lessons were learned by the government and city planning people especially as communities more people move to no cars and would have no way to evacuate should a disaster happen.

As global warming happens and we are warned of the melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels everyone needs to pay close attention and learn to be prepare in case they are faced with similar scenerios. Frightening indeed, no one wants to think about it but these people lived it. What would you do?

WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS is a Spike Lee Film and a 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks Production.

Directed and produced by Spike Lee; producer and supervising editor, Sam Pollard; cinematography, Cliff Charles; editors, Geta Gandbhir and Nancy Novack; composer, Terence Blanchard; line producer, Butch Robinson. For HBO: supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

I do suggest you watch but it is not for children, there should be a warning because it shows graphic images. There are powerful messages in this film. Learn from it and share it. Pray for those affected and help in anyway you can.

Featured on Films for Action

"The film also looks at a community that has been through hell and back, surviving death, devastation and disease at every turn. Yet, somehow, amidst the ruins, the people of New Orleans are finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes, buoyed by their own resilience and a rich cultural legacy."
Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as its levee system failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland.[4] 

Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks.[4] However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as Mississippi beachfront towns; over 90 percent of these were flooded. Boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland; water reached 6–12 miles (10–19 km) from the beach. 

Hurricane Katrina also affected Canada-
In Canada, the remnants of Katrina brought rainfall amounts in excess of 3.94 in (100 mm) to many locations between the Niagara Peninsula and the Saint Lawrence River valley.[78] Severe local flooding occurred in Quebec, forcing the evacuations of dozens of homes in some communities as rivers began overflowing their banks and sewage systems were becoming overwhelmed by the influx of precipitation. Inundated and washed out roads, including Route 138 along the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, Route 172 north of Tadoussac, and Route 385 near Forestville left several communities isolated for at least a week.[79]

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