Hurricane Betsy


Reasons for Optimism for New Orleans’ Future ~Dr. Ezra Boyd, DisasterMap.net

Declarations of the death of an American city have given way to new reasons to be optimistic about New Orleans’ future. ¬†Anyone who has visited the city recently will tell you that the metro area is well into a robust period of re-population and recovery. The numbers support this view. New Orleans itself has regained…


Why Is The Government In The Flood Insurance Business? ~David Kestenbom, NPR

There’s a quick, one-word explanation for why the federal government started selling flood insurance: Betsy. Hurricane Betsy, which struck the Gulf Coast in 1965, became known as billion-dollar Betsy. Homes were ruined. Water up to the roofs. People paddling around streets in boats. Massive damage. This would be the time when you’d expect people to…