Hurricane season! Occasionally we get a taste in southwestern Ohio, such as tropical storm Isaac bringing rain a few weeks ago. Coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and in the Caribbean know more fully the effects of these storms. One of the best-known is Katrina, which hit the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts on 27 August, 2005. The wind, the storm surge that it pushed inland, and the strains on the protection infrastructure in New Orleans devastated the region and the city. A month later, on 24 September, Rita came ashore near the Louisiana/Texas border, causing yet more damage, and impeding recovery and evacuation efforts of the earlier storm. Katrina remains the costliest storm in US history, with damages at about $108 billion. Rita’s damage was over $12 billion. Over 1200 deaths were attributed to Katrina, and more than 60 have been attributed to Rita.
Miami University Libraries have many materials in the collections. Search by subject: “Hurricane Katrina, 2005”. Here is a very small sampling, arrannged by library location.
The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System : What Went Wrong and Why : a Report, by the American Society of Civil Engineers Hurricane Katrina External Review Panel. BEST Library, Oversized, Basement | TH1096 .N49 2007
In Katrina's Wake : Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster, photographs by Chris Jordan ; essays by Bill McKibben and Susan Zakin ; poems by Victoria Sloan Jordan. BEST Library, Folio, Basement | QC945 .J63 2006
Just Seconds from the Ocean : Coastal Living in the Wake of Katrina. BEST Library, Basement | GB460.A2 S27 2007
Cooking Up a Storm : Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. BEST Library, Basement | TX715.2.L68 C66 2008. From the summary:
“… After Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, tens of thousands of people lost their keepsakes and family treasures forever. As residents started to rebuild their lives, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans became a post-hurricane swapping place for old recipes that were washed away in the storm …”
Architecture in Times of Need : Make It Right Rebuilding New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. ArtArch | NA735.N5 A73 2009
Katrina Personal Ojects; photographs by Jarret Schecter. ArtArch | HV636 2005.G85 K28 2008
Groove Interrupted : Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans. Music Library | ML385 .S635 2011
Devil Sent the Rain : Music and Writing in Desperate America. Music Library | ML3477 .P49 2011
Hurricane Katrina : the Storm that Changed America, with an introduction by Wynton Marsalis. King Library (2nd floor) | HV636 2005 .U6 H87 2005
Clear as Mud : Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans. King Library (2nd floor) | HT168 .N49 O47 2010
Old and New Media after Katrina. King Library (2nd floor) | HV636 2005.G85 O43 2010
Racing the Storm : Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina. King Library (2nd floor) | HV636 2005 .N4 R33 2007
The Children Hurricane Katrina Left Behind : Schooling Context, Professional Preparation, and Community Politics. King Library (2nd floor) | LC2771 .C45 2007
After the Flood, by Robert Polidori. King Folio | F379.N543 P655 2006
Race, Place, and Environmental Justice after Hurricane Katrina : Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. King Library (2nd floor) | HV551.4.N48 R34 2009
In addition to studies such as these, literary works of fiction, poetry and drama are available.
City Without People : the Katrina Poems, by Niyi Osundare. King Library (2nd floor) | PR9387.9.O866 C58 2011
Katrina on Stage : Five Plays. King Library (2nd floor) | PS627.H87 K38 2011
The Tin Roof Blowdown : a Dave Robicheaux Novel, by James Lee Burke. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.U723 T56 2007
Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ7.R3476235 Ni 2010
There are also resources available online, especially from government agencies.
Terrestrial LIDAR Datasets of New Orleans, Louisiana, Levee Failures from Hurricane Katrina, August 29, 2005. This is also available as a CD-ROM from BEST Library, maps collection | I 19.121:470
Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance : Mitigation Assessment Team Report. This is also available as a CD-ROM at King – Government & Law | HS 5.120:K 15/CD
Web resources of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide data and information.
Hurricane Katrina special report, includes PDF, images, and text.
Hurricane Katrina home page, includes satellite images, aftermath photos, maps, data and other resources.
NOAA’s National Weather Service includes the National Hurricane Center, providing current and historical information, forecasts, tracking maps, etc.