Which Is Worse, Hurricane Katrina Or BP Oil Spill?
Written by  {ga=staffwriters} // Friday, 13 August 2010 16:17 //

steve_sabludowsky01Which has been or will be worse, the BP oil spill or Hurricane Katrina?

As the country, Louisiana and New Orleans begin to revisit images and memories of Katrina because the 5th anniversary is approaching this August 29, and as the gush of the oil from the BP oil spill well might soon be a thing of the past, perhaps it is time to wonder—which has been worse and which will be worse—Katrina or the BP oil spill?

To many, for the most part, the Katrina horrors are over, although it will never be possible to return their loved ones or those things that have been and which are so important.

So, in order to put these tragedies behind us or even to deal with them effectively, Bayoubuzz is asking you to tell us which was, is, or will be worse to you.  

Please add your comments on our Forum page which we will update and post online every day through the eventful anniversary.

Bayoubuzz is asking you to please send us your pictures, your movies, your links to movies or any other thoughts so we can post them online.  

Bayoubuzz is also pleased to announce it has launched a Facebook page and requests that you join and engage with it, too.   

Thank you very much,

Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of Bayoubuzz.com

Please read the following study for your review:


New Orleans Residents Say Recovery Is Making Progress, But Many Believe The Gulf Oil Spill Will Be More Damaging Than Katrina

Crime is By Far The Biggest Concern in New Orleans

Seven in 10 Residents Say Americans Have Forgotten The City’s Plight

African-Americans View Their Recovery Differently; It’s Much Slower

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Five years after Hurricane Katrina, an increasing majority of the city’s residents says the rebuilding process is going well, but substantial majorities still report that the city has not recovered and feel the nation has forgotten them, according to a new comprehensive survey of the lives and attitudes of New Orleans residents by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

New Orleans Five Years After The Storm: A New Disaster Amid Recovery, the third survey in a series that Kaiser has conducted in the aftermath of Katrina, also finds the scope and immediacy of the Gulf oil spill weighing heavily on New Orleans residents’ minds. Asked which disaster would cause more damage, more people pointed to the oil spill than picked Katrina and the levee breaks that followed the hurricane.

Overall, the survey reveals a markedly changed city, with a population nearly a third smaller than it was at the time of the 2000 Census, still struggling to recover from a storm and levee breaks that killed 1,464 people and displaced more than a million others while flooding entire neighborhoods and swamping local businesses and medical facilities. While residents see significant progress in restoring tourism, many report that New Orleans lags in overcoming an intractable crime problem and that the pace of the recovery has been far slower for the city’s black residents, who are the majority.

"Residents report a lot of progress in the recovery effort, but just as the city appeared to be turning a corner it got hit by a different kind of hurricane -- the oil spill," said Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman. "It is striking that while jobs is the number one issue across America, crime swamps all other issues in New Orleans," he added.

The survey series gauges people’s experiences, living conditions and attitudes towards the rebuilding effort in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina. (Previous surveys were conducted in 2008 and 2006.) It finds that 70 percent of residents say recovery and rebuilding are going in the right direction, up from 56 percent in 2008 and 58 percent in 2006. Yet nearly 6 in 10 believe the city has not "mostly recovered" from Katrina. A third (32%) of residents who lived through the storm report that their lives still are "very" or "somewhat" disrupted, compared to 41 percent two years ago and 46 percent in 2006. Nearly a quarter of residents (24%) are planning or considering a move away from greater New Orleans, up from 12 percent in 2006.  And 7 in 10 believe most Americans have "forgotten" the continuing challenges facing the region.

The Gulf Oil Spill: A New Disaster for New Orleans

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest offshore spill in U.S. history, amounts to a new, man-made disaster for greater New Orleans. Nearly half of the city’s residents (49%) believe the fallout from the oil spill represents a more damaging threat to New Orleans than Katrina did, while 40 percent thought Katrina caused more damage. Large majorities say the spill will affect the New Orleans economy (64%) and the local environment (70%) a "great deal."

BP, the company that operated the doomed oil rig, has come in for scathing public criticism even in a region heavily dependent on the oil and gas industry for jobs, with 84 percent of New Orleans residents reporting a negative view of the company’s response to the crisis.

Residents See Progress In Restoring Tourism, Repairing Damaged Levees And Rebuilding Devastated Areas

Most residents of Orleans Parish see real progress on a majority of recovery issues, the survey finds. Their greatest praise is for strengthening New Orleans as a tourist and convention site, with nearly 9 in 10 residents (87%) saying they see "some" or "a lot" of progress in that area.  Two-thirds (65%) see progress in repairing the damaged levees, pumps and floodwalls. And roughly 6 in 10 say they see progress making public transportation more available (62%), rebuilding destroyed neighborhoods (59%) and strengthening the public school system (57%).

(press release Kaiser Foundation)

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