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    Default Casualties of Katrina: Gulf Coast Reconstruction Two Years after the Hurricane

    This CorpWatch report, by Eliza Strickland and Azibuike Akaba, tells the story of corporate malfeasance and government incompetence two years after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. This is our second report – Big, Easy Money by Rita J. King was the first – and it digs into a slew of new scandals.

    We have broken the report up into three parts: the struggle by ordinary residents to return home, the major effort to fix the broken Gulf Coast infrastructure, and finally – what the future looks like for a regional revival.

    Our first part opens with the story of people who simply cannot afford to return home because Entergy, the giant electricity company based in New Orleans, has jacked up prices; we then visit the people who are waiting for the insurance companies to pay them for the damage their homes suffered. We also visit the lucky few who were promised money to build new homes by the Road Home project, only to discover ICF International, the contractor running the program, has screwed up. The story of Gulf Coast evacuees after Hurricane Katrina would not be complete without looking at Fluor and Shaw, two of the companies who run the often contaminated trailer parks to which many are still confined.

    The second part of this report is about the companies who are supposed to be fixing the region and protecting it from future hurricane damage: we look at the failure of Moving Water Industries to install working pumps at the levees, the companies that have profited by dumping the Katrina debris in and around the Vietnamese-American community of Village de l’Est and the refinery owners. We also take a look at the electricity and timber companies who have taken advantage of the emergency aid to expand, rather than limit, the impact of their environmentally destructive businesses.

    Our final section looks at the prospects for the future: unexpectedly there has been a boom in the casinos of Biloxi, Mississippi, yet the local shrimping community has failed to recover. There has also been an influx of workers from Latin America but it is hardly because of an economic revival, rather an effort by local businesses to take advantage of the relaxation of labor laws. The same is true of a vaunted expansion in small business contracting, which turns out to be a mirage. Last, but not least, Azibuike Akaba examines the evidence: how much of New Orleans should be rebuilt, given the likelihood of future hurricanes in light of growing climate change?

    Our report is about the problems that have yet to be fixed. While progress has been made in the states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, two years after Hurricane Katrina struck, much remains to be done, and this is intended as a guide to what has gone wrong, both as a lesson for future disasters as well as a call to support those who are yet to recover.

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    It all ways strikes me as odd how everyone in NO has this problem. I live 4 hours east of NO and we had just as big of a hurricane hit our area not long after Katrina. One of the differences, when we were told to leave, we got the hell out of dodge. We didn't hang around waiting for help, we packed out stuff, and hit the road. Certainly, we didn't have the flooding damage that NO had, but the destruction was just as bad in our area. It was far worse closer to the coast than where I live (about 50 miles inland). There were problems here and there (no power for me for 2 weeks, while my neighbors on another company had power in 4 days-kinda sucked to be driving by seeing their lights on going to my generator powered house). Perhaps its the income factor that plays a part, I don't know. I certainly was prepared-took shelter at work, then stayed at my house with a generator running my bedroom-sent my wife and kids to her mom's house.
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    We got hit exactly a month later by Rita. Rita devastated the area. The problem I have with both disasters is the laziness associated with a lot of folks. It took me 6 weeks just to get the debris cleared on my property. I busted my ass to get it cleaned up. I didn't whine about the government not "doing their part". People need to become self-sufficient. FEMA gave some folks trailers to use for housing now attorneys are rounding these folks to sue claiming the trailers are made of harmful products. When the hurricane hit here money meant nothing. Money wasn't worth the paper it was printed on. No stores were open, no food at the stores, no gas at the stations, no power in the lines. We were basically on a deserted island for weeks. I was/am grateful for the different church groups and national guard assisting with water and rations during this time. They served an invaluable purpose for a limited time until the basic infrastructure slowly began to come around. Two years later some folks think and expect they should still be receiving these benefits. We constantly have "help wanted" signs around the area now. Many people who recieved government assistance refuse to take these jobs. Contrary to some folk's beliefs, the government didn't send these hurricanes into your houses. Get up off of your asses and do something about your situation rather than wallow in your pity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limecuda View Post
    Many people who recieved government assistance refuse to take these jobs. Contrary to some folk's beliefs, the government didn't send these hurricanes into your houses. Get up off of your asses and do something about your situation rather than wallow in your pity.
    Really? You don't say. They didn't take the jobs that were offered to them? That's odd. Wonder why that was? Hmmm. The goverment didn't make up the huricanes? That's a new one on me. I thought Bush made those things. And you say, "Get of your asses and do something about your situation." That's not right to say at all to say that. We owe them stuff.


    I say this because I worked with some of the Katrina victoms here in Texas. Not a single one of them was greatfull for what we were trying to do. They bitched and moaned about there new homes, about the people, about everything. No "thank you's" at all. NOTHING. Probably a real turning point in my life. Vicious vicious shit. Oh well. I'm done with them and glad of it. Sad to say, but I am. Out.
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    You better be careful. We all know how incorrect it is to say and expect people to actually fend for themselves on occassion. We know it is truly the government's responsibility. :whistling:

 

 

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