Inland communities will suffer another Hurricane Katrina situation in America which will result in death and homelessness on a grand scale.
Can another Hurricane Katrina type catastrophe happen again in America? Yes it can and it may be inevitable. Floods are the most common natural disaster as well as the most deadly natural disaster according to the National Science Foundation. Based on research results from the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, development on American coastal flood zones have decreased. However, development in flood zone inland communities has increased in the United States.
As global warming becomes the new normal, flooding is the cheese on the climate change pizza. A scientist at Louisiana State University calls the trend to develop in inland communities “worrisome.” It has been labeled worrisome because many of these inland communities are vulnerable to flooding. It must be noted that flooding in inland communities are a step below the seriousness of flooding in a coastal flood zone. Nonetheless, the damage can still be brutal.
Three counties in America at risk of suffering Hurricane Katrina like damage to their areas are:
- Gulf of Mexico: Cameron Parish in Louisiana, with 93.6 percent of its population in the flood zone.
- Monroe County in Florida, with 91.4 percent of its population in the flood zone.
- Galveston County in Texas, with 82.8 percent of its population in the flood zone.
The National Science Foundation has stated that people are more knowledgeable about natural disasters than they were ten years ago but there are still many who are oblivious. A lack of knowledge was the root of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. Lives could have been saved if the residents of New Orleans knew the seriousness of that hurricane regarding living below sea level and not staying in an area that is below sea level during an event that will lead to a flood.
As many people have left coastal flood areas for inland communities they feel they are out of the woods when it comes to the effects of hurricanes, such as flooding. On the contrary, they are not. Inland communities are in fact a danger zone in regards to flooding. With these areas becoming very populated, the probability of a tremendous loss of life increases if a massive flood occurs in a crowded inland community area full of people who were not informed of the repercussions of living in an inland community flood zone.
In addition, hotspots located in New York City and Miami have seen an upsurge in development in flood zones. As the cancer of gentrification is in stage four it is right to assume that these death traps of real estate developments will continue. Furthermore, many people can be displaced causing a homeless epidemic of mass proportions.
Make sure you know which coastal zone you live in to know how serious the impact a natural occurrence of Earth can be to your life. You may have to seek higher ground. Stay safe.
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