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Response to When the Levees Broke
The entire video When the Levees Broke was really shocking for me and hard to watch at times. When I heard about Hurricane Katrina, I had no idea the extent in which New Orleans was destroyed; I could have never imagined that 80% of the city was under water. Another misconception that I had was that our government and people around the nation were doing their part in New Orleans and the surrounding areas to help victims immediately, when that was not really the case. Everything that was included in this video was overwhelming because I honestly had no idea what was going on during and after the storm. I appreciate how honest the film was; it showed actual footage from Katrina and interviews from people that lived through it, as well as the people in control of how things were executed in the wake of the hurricane.
The part of the film that affected me the most was the way the survivors were treated after the hurricane hit. For those individuals, the nightmare did not end when the storm passed by. They then had to face hunger, thirst, and heat, all while having to watch their loved ones suffer and die in front of them. When buses finally came to take them away from the city (several days after hurricane), they were split into groups of men, women, children, and elderly. This form of separation caused families and friends to be spread across the nation without a way of getting back together. I cannot understand why this evacuation process happened the way it did. People were basically dropped off in states that they had never been, without the people they loved. The video, like the first video we watched, stated that the people of New Orleans generally don’t venture away from that city. They usually grow up there and stay there, so for families to be sprung across the nation must have been unimaginably painful for them. The nightmare continued as people returned to what was left of their homes. In some cases, they found bodies of their loved ones because the houses were not all properly searched for bodies. To this day, many people of New Orleans are still experiencing the results of Hurricane Katrina.
The footage and stories from the video almost seemed as though they were form a different time period or a different place. It is really hard for me to believe that in a country that I have always felt so secure in, could, for the most part, turn their back on all of those people. There is just so much of that event that was handled poorly, and it is really sad to know that much of the city is still destroyed and its people are still displaced—almost 4 years later.