Infrastructure| Volume 336, ISSUE 2, P185-190, August 2008

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Hurricane Katrina and the Louisiana State University-New Orleans Department of Medicine: Rebuilding, Recruiting, and Renewing

      On August 29, 2005, the city of New Orleans was ravaged by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, this country’s costliest natural disaster, and by the mistakes made in the construction and maintenance of the levee system designed to protect the low-lying city. In the shock and devastation of the lingering aftermath, even as residents began bravely to rebuild, they also began to take stock, to evaluate shortcomings and areas in which lack of preparedness was evident in a city that had not been directly hit by a hurricane since Betsy in 1965 and that had perhaps grown too complacent about the potential for disaster. It is only wise to make such assessments and then attempt to learn from them.
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