Remembering Katrina of 2005

17Aug11

Hurricane Katrina was the biggest story of 2005. The deadliest natural disaster to hit the United States in recent history killed more than 1,800, destroyed close to 900,000 homes,  and inflicted an estimated $75 billion in damages. The Category 4 storm that hit the Gulf Coast region in the final days of August, 2005, packed winds gusts that exceeded 140 mph (225 km/) caused devastation over 100 miles  (160 km) from its centre. It brought heavy rains, broke New Orleans’ vulnerable levee system and spurred widespread flooding that brought the entire region to its knees.

The administration of George W. Bush was severely blamed for its slow,  inept response to and handling of the disaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) particularly bore the brunt of the finger-pointing for its insufficient preparation and incompetent actions as the catastrophic event unfolded.

Naturally, Katrina was the hands-down choice of the Associated Press for its story of the year.

INTERACTIVE: THE PENUMBRA SYSTEM

I designed and put together the 2005 year-ender page for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The page also carried the top Milwaukee area stories.

Design and graphics by Alfred Elicierto. Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel during the last week of December 2005.

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Also in this blog
The G8/G20 Summit in Toronto
Blizzard causes de-icing problems at Toronto airport
Not a time for dictators
Shooting at Ipperwash
Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner
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