Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Outstanding Need, Slow Progress: Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, January 29, 2007   [open pdf - 9MB]

Mary Landrieu: "We lost--1,836 people died in the rising tides and the water. We have had thousands, Mr. Chairman and Senator Obama, die from broken hearts since. We have had 90,000 square miles flooded, which is larger than the size of Great Britain; 650,000 people displaced; 275,000 homes destroyed, more than 200,000 of which were in Louisiana; and thousands of renters who did not own homes but had some modest shelter that also lost their rental units. We had over a quarter of a million jobs lost, 875 schools ruined in Louisiana alone, 20,000 businesses destroyed, billions and billions of dollars of property damage, 22 levee breaks that put 20 feet of water in a city in an urban area that sat sometimes in two hurricanes, so we were flooded not once, but twice. For 6 to 8 weeks, the water stood in many places. Two million people lost power. We still have people without power, without lights, and without clean water; thousands of people still living in trailers with no permanent placement and resettlement options; 16 National Wildlife Refuges closed; 1.3 million acres of forest destroyed, and etc. We had $4 billion donated by the public, private individuals--we are grateful for every check that was sent of any amount; $600 million by corporations; we are grateful for every corporation that stood up to help us. And over 70 countries have pledged aid. To this unprecedented international enterprise and endeavor, we are grateful. But today we want to focus on how better FEMA can work with HUD, how better the Small Business Administration can step up, identifying what has not worked and making those changes." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Donald E. Powell, Steven C. Preston, Pamela H. Patenaude, Gil H. Jamieson, Gregory D. Kutz, C. Ray Nagin, Walter J. Leger, Suzanne T. Mestayer, Melvin I. Holden, Mary Landrieu, and Charmaine Caccioppi.

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