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$108 billion dollars in damage. More than 80 percent of the city of New Orleans underwater. By August 30th, the name "Katrina" would be synonymous with devastation throughout the minds of the American people. [Source]
According to Maroney’s count, he saved 142 people in the week following Katrina. For the 10th anniversary, the Sun interviewed Maroney about his experience in Katrina’s aftermath. Now in his early 40s and on the cusp of entering civilian life, Maroney often thinks about the people he rescued, including a little girl who is depicted with him in an iconic photo. But he doesn’t know who she is. He’s hoping to find and reunite with the little girl he rescued. [Source]
"Brownie," critics claimed, had not done a "heckuva job" at all. He and his agency were roundly condemned as executing a slow, uncoordinated and ineffective response. And when it emerged that his previous non-White House job was as a commissioner of the obscure and apparently elitist International Arabian House Association, many eyebrows raised. [Source]
Perhaps the most obvious and immediate ecological fallout from the storm came in the form of destroyed habitats. “We lost thousands of acres of wetlands. It went from ‘you had it’ to ‘it's not there anymore’ overnight,” says Shane Granier, a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed 220 square miles of wetlands. [Source]
"Over the last 10 years, there have been a lot of questions and concerns raised about the immediate response to Hurricane Katrina. And that's been well-chronicled, that there were significant shortcomings in that emergency response. And there is much that this administration has done to make sure that our government and our country is better prepared to respond to significant disasters like Hurricane Katrina." [Source]
Ten years on plenty of people are still struggling. “What’s unique about this disaster is the magnitude of it,” Joy Osofsky, a clinical psychologist at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, told Nature.com. [Source]
So what, ten years later, is he doing?
Lots of things. He's a radio host. He's an author. He's a public speaker. He's managing some investments and has done consulting for companies, including several connected with disaster relief and national security.