posted by AL 92 .
It's been 5 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Gulf coast. The city has not fully recovered from the effects of that storm, right?
The Big Easy was flooded with polluted water and sewage, many people were killed, and people were rioting like crazy.
An interesting update --
The Louisiana Weekly link has excellent information in it.
Many people were evacuated from NOLA to the Houston area, as well as many other cities, such as San Antonio, Dallas, and others. Many of those people simply decided to stay in the areas into which they were evacuated because they found jobs and housing there and put their kids in school there. (My daughter was working at a Walmart at the time, and there were at least two people who came to work at that particular store -- transferred from where they had been working in NOLA.) The 2010 census stats will be very interesting, for sure.
Similar shifts took place in Galveston during and after Hurricane Ike in 2008. The city and the school district are still recovering, as well as surrounding cities and school districts. I read Galveston's school district lost about 25% of its student population -- and then had to make decisions about which schools to close and/or sell off. The ripple effects of this type of disaster are just stunning, and sometimes they aren't even known for years.