Publication Date: August, 2015
Source: Borrowed from the library
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
Drowned City is an emotional but accurate portrayal of the damage done by Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans and how the event was handled. I picked this book up from the library as one of my library's new books and was so surprised at how astounding the content was. Brown does a great job showing the devastation and after effects of the damage. This book was macabre yet informational and I think that this would be a very impactful way for students to learn about this event. The information brought tears to my eyes even after all these years.