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Coming Home to New OrleansNeighborhood Rebuilding After Katrina$
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Karl F. Seidman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945511

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945511.001.0001

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The Flooding of New Orleans

The Flooding of New Orleans

(p.1) CHAPTER 1 The Flooding of New Orleans
Coming Home to New Orleans

Karl F. Seidman

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of Hurricane Katrina, the flooding of New Orleans and their impact on the scope of rebuilding that New Orleans faced. First, it summarizes the the evolution of Hurricane Katrina, its arrival on the Louisiana coast and the sequence of events and failures that resulted in the city’s flooding. A second section covers key aspects of the disorganized and slow government responses that followed the flooding and resulting human tragedy. In the third section, the scale of the destruction to New Orleans is detailed to show the enormous rebuilding challenge and the resulting uncertainty about the city’s future. The chapter concludes with a brief synopsis of existing research on New Orleans’ post-Katrina recovery and the book’s contribution to this research through deepening understanding of the grassroots rebuilding process at the neighborhood scale.

Keywords:   Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, levee failures, storm damage, Katrina economic loss, Katrina physical damage, lower Ninth Ward, Katrina recovery research

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