Man-made Disaster


Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward?

My last blog addressed a question that I’ve gotten the most over the last decade: how many people died because of Hurricane Katrina impacts in Louisiana? This blog post deals with the next most common question that I get: Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward? Typically, the person asking, whether…


DisasterMap.net’s Analysis of the National Levee Database and 2010 Census

Introduction Our nation depends on levees and floodwalls to protect our communities, our homes, and our vital economic assets. America has nearly 15,000 floodwalls and almost 22,000 levees, according to our interpretation of a database maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. These structures protect over 85,000 sq. miles that include 1,800 named Census places…


Stirring up forgotten lead: Smelters across US at risk from tornadoes, floods, quakes ~Brian Biencowsky, Environmental Health News

This is a pernicious problem here in Louisiana, not only with oil still washing up on our coast from the  BP Oilspill but with abandoned oil and gas wells across the state. ~Bruce Biles As tornado season ramps up and some natural disasters become more common across the United States, storms and floods can bring…