Katrina statistics

Many lawyers (some of whom were my clients) were directly impacted by Katrina; the practices of some were wiped out. Almost all suffered revenue declines.

Many other lawyers helped in the reconstruction efforts. Now, 3 years later, much yet needs to be done. Bill Quigley gives us the following startling (at least to me) statistics, and much more:

0. Number of renters in Louisiana who have received financial assistance from the $10 billion federal post-Katrina rebuilding program Road Home Community Development Block Grant — compared to 116,708 homeowners.

0. Number of apartments currently being built to replace the 963 public housing apartments formerly occupied and now demolished at the St. Bernard Housing Development.

0. Amount of data available to evaluate performance of publicly financed privately run charter schools in New Orleans in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years.

.008. Percentage of the rental homes that were supposed to be repaired and occupied by August 2008 which were actually completed and occupied — a total of 82 finished out of 10,000 projected.

1. Rank of New Orleans among U.S. cities in percentage of housing vacant or ruined.

1. Rank of New Orleans among U.S. cities in murders per capita for 2006 and 2007.

Why is it that we have to repeat history? In 1927, much of the Mississippi Valley was destroyed by similar flooding. More than 1/3 of the country was directly impacted by this flood! The impact, economic and otherwise, from this was devastating, not only to this 1/3 of the country, but to the entire country!

We can’t control the weather, the storms that befall us. Just last night, in the news, there was a commentary about another major storm off the Gulf of Mexico. It could leave another devastating mark on the U.S., having already killed one person in Haiti. But, we seem to ignore these vagaries of nature. If we can improve our land area and structures in earthquake country, why can’t we do the same in other parts of the U.S.? Where is the political will to do something? We certainly have the skill, knowledge and technolgoy! What is missing?


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