When Hurricane Katrina hit the United States, it devastated New Orleans and much of Louisiana. The region has been dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane for over a year and, as the federal government and the people of the region rebuild and rebuild, many of those displaced by the storm remain in hotels and motels, unable to return home. The federal government has taken some time to work out disaster relief for those left behind. There are no federal disaster assistance programs for evacuees, though some states have started programs to help those who are displaced by the storm.
After Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised people living in New Orleans to evacuate to avoid the threat of potential terrorist attacks. But now, the city is in the throes of a potentially lethal epidemic of Legionnaires’ disease, and people who live in or near the flooded city may never be able to return.