Hanscom, Greg
October 2005
High Country News;10/3/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 18, p2
This article discusses the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, Louisiana. Aside from a few wanderers and pilgrims, no one ever returned to New Orleans. The thousands of people who fled several neighborhoods in the face of Hurricane Katrina turned their backs on their homes, on the shops and the bars. Archaeologists in the region have spent the past century slowly assembling the pieces of a grand puzzle that explains why the Anasazi people left the area roughly 700 years ago. Craig Childs, the author of 11 books about nature, has worked with many of these archaeologists. Katrina caught the city flat-footed. Thousands who didn't have the means to leave, or who had weathered storms before, dug in. Hundreds of persons died. Many more were stranded in flooded homes or on rooftops. There were also those who made it out in time, carrying their belongings with them, and those who stayed to help. But what was most striking about Katrina's aftermath was just how quickly society unraveled as help failed to arrive.


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