A. D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. Alex Liu. The Flood. Denise reunites with her family at the hospital, and the four are transported to a convention center. There, she witnesses the collapse of authority firsthand.
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The government response to Katrina, especially though FEMA, was widely seen as a failure. Response was slow. The number of refugees was too large to handle. The help that did arrive often consisted of inexperienced workers.
The local government was also criticized for over 50 levee failures that occurred after the hurricane, which flooded a vast majority of New Orleans.
The damage caused by Katrina made it the costliest natural disaster in American history.
As of 2012, New Orleans has a population of about 369,250 people, a large decrease from the pre-Katrina population of 455,000.
The Doctor represents the few who were rich enough to live in the wealthier areas of New Orleans that were able to avoid the wrath of the hurricane and the resulting flooding. While the damage left in Katrina’s wake in unavoidable, the Doctor and others like him are able to settle into daily life relatively quickly. His absence from the final section appears to confirm this: There is no need for him to appear because his story has already been resolved.
Do you think all of the characters made a good decision on whether or not to stay in the city, based on the fact that they would have no idea how severe the outcome was going to be? Why or why not?
In "The Flood", Leo becomes angry at a radio show caller who criticizes people living in New Orleans for not fleeing Katrina, saying that the caller doesn't understand what it's like to be a "have-not". How much truth do you think there is in Leo's statement, and why?
Do you think FEMA and other rescue services did the best they could to help the people in the city? What could they have done better?