Monday, August 28, 2006

One Year Later

Again, via Mrs. coldH2O, but this time with the help of Environmental Defense Action Network.

Estimated death toll from Katrina, making it the deadliest storm to hit the U.S. since 1928.

1 Million Number of people displaced by the storm, seeking refuge in each of the 50 states.

80Percent of New Orleans that was flooded, some places under 20 feet of water. Flood waters remained in parts of the city for 43 days.

48 Football Fields Amount of coastal Lousiana wetlands that disappear to open water every day.

118Square miles of coastal wetlands that were converted to open water after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

2.7Miles of coastal marshes and wetlands between New Orleans and the open ocean needed to reduce storm surges by 1 foot.

$500 Million Amount needed annually for 30 years to restore coastal marshes and wetlands to fully protect New Orleans in the future.

$80 Billion Amount of federal spending designated to rebuild New Orleans post-Katrina.

0.125% Amount of these federal dollars designated for Gulf Coast wetlands restoration.

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