In This Issue
The Aftermath of Katrina
March 1, 2006 Volume 36 Issue 1
Articles In This Issue
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
    AuthorBilly Ball

    A proactive approach to disaster preparation is crucial to disaster recovery.

    Hurricane Katrina made landfall near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line on the morning of August 29, 2005, with an estimated intensity of 120 mile per hour (mph) winds and a storm surge of at least 30 feet (Figure 1 ...

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
    AuthorGerald E. Galloway

    No policies or standards are in place for individual water sectors or for water resources as a whole.

    Hurricane Katrina focused the nation’s attention on the fragility of our built environment and, perhaps, on the limitations of engineering. As people in New Orleans and the rest of ...

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
    AuthorDanny D. Reible, Charles N. Haas, John H. Pardue, and William J. Walsh

    Decisions about rebuilding are based more on the potential for reflooding than on the overall health of the New Orleans area.

    When Hurricane Katrina flooded the city of New Orleans, one of many concerns in its wake was contamination. Several chemical plants, petroleum refining facilities, and ...

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
    AuthorBrian Wolshon

    The evacuation of New Orleans had some unprecedented successes . . . and glaring failures.

    The hurricane season of 2005 will go down in the record books. It included 14 hurricanes (a new record), three of which were among the most powerful and costly in the 154-year history of record keeping in ...

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
    AuthorRobert G. Dean

    The greatest uncertainties for wetland restoration will be political will and stakeholder response.

    The New Orleans-Mississippi River and associated wetland system are central to the well-being of the nation. The Mississippi River drains 41 percent of the water in the continental United States, ...

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
    AuthorGeorge Bugliarello

    Editor’s Note

    This is the second issue of The Bridge in the past year devoted to disasters caused by forces in our environment. The summer 2005 issue was focused on the Indian Ocean tsunami, and this issue is focused on Hurricane Katrina. As human populations continue to grow in areas ...

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2006
    AuthorPaul F. Mlakar

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is analyzing what went wrong (and right) during and after Hurricane Katrina.

    In terms of flooding, Hurricane Katrina was one of the strongest storms to hit the coast of the United States in the past century. Katrina first made landfall on the southeast coast of ...