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Consequences of Katrina

November 2009

Four years on from Hurricane Katrina, what is happening in New Orleans?

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina wrought devastation along the Gulf Coast of the USA, most catastrophically in New Orleans, bringing devastation to 80% of the city.

Storm winds generated a massive storm surge that overtopped the famous coastal city’s levees. A terrible toll was suffered when nearly 1,600 people lost their lives and damages of $100 billion were recorded.

Four years later, how is the city's hazard risk now being managed? And what social and environmental issues still need resolving as the citizens of New Orleans continue trying to rebuild their lives?


This case study supports AS/A2 and IB geography courses with a natural hazards component. The main emphasis of the article is placed on post-event adjustment and response.

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  • Hurricane risk hazard management in New Orleans
  • Post-Katrina social and environmental issues
  • IB / A2 Hazards activity
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