It is no secret the damage Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans. With water levels in some parts of town reaching 20 feet, it is swamped.
But let’s talk about Mississippi, as it seems to have received the brunt of Katrina’s force. 80 people have died in a single county, Harrison, home to Biloxi and Gulfport. The force of Katrina killed 30 people in one Biloxi apartment complex alone.
So why the possibility of a death toll that is possibly in the hundreds, according to Vincent Creel, a municipal spokesman? The coast was battered with a 30-foot “storm surge” or wave.
This leaves it impossible to get an accurate death count this early in the aftermath. Many places, including New Orleans, have floodwaters carrying dead bodies. Two dams are broken, allowing water from Lake Pontchartrain to continue flooding into New Orleans. Authorities have also found the need to declare Martial Law to help thwart looting.
Many cities along Katrina’s path are seeing damages that make them compare the hurricane to recent tsunamis. Because the path was along some low lying areas, flooding is everywhere leaving this to possibly be the United State’s most costly natural disaster for insurance companies.
For those not living along the path of this deadly hurricane, the effects will still be felt. Gas prices have climbed once again reaching a new record of $70.85 a barrel. This increase is due to the oil and gas fields in the Gulf Of Mexico that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.
If this damage isn’t enough, weather centers have told people to remain alert. Tornados are a common aftermath of such large hurricanes.