Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, and is deemed one of the top five deadliest storms in U.S. history and the deadliest since 1928. The ensuing impact of Hurricane Katrina revealed significant social concerns, including matters related to race, crime, and justice. Katrina was a Category 5 storm (though weakening to Category 3 before making landfall) whose physical devastation resulted more from the flooding of substandard infrastructures than from the hurricane itself. Parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida suffered human, structural, and property destruction as a result of Katrina; however, New Orleans, Louisiana, endured the greatest losses. Even though the precise death toll is still not known, 1,836 individuals are reported to have perished as a result of Katrina, including 1,577 who hailed from Louisiana and 238 from Mississippi. An additional 705 people are still reported as “missing.” In an analysis of ...