How hurricane Lee and Katrina affected the Swamp People
“Swamp people” is a popular reality show which airs on the history channel. This show depicts the lives on people who live out on the swamplands of Louisiana. These simple folks live their lives by hunting, and living of the land, their diet mostly consists of alligators, frogs and turtles. Natural disasters such as hurricanes have affected their lives, and made their survival in the Louisiana swampland a lot tougher. Take for example, natural disasters such as Hurricanes lee and Katrina that ravaged through all of Louisiana, these hurricanes has devastated the lives of the swamp people. We all remember how hurricane Katrina had left thousand of Louisiana residents stranded. Some swamp people make a nickel by farming alligators and turtles. In addition, these folks also give alligator tours, in which they educate them on alligators and turtles. As these tropical storms hit Louisiana their business went bust, as tourist stopped coming, and their farm infrastructure heavily affected.
There are several documentaries which show how wealthy areas of Louisiana have been restored to their former glory, such as the superdome in New Orleans, as well as the casinos in Mississippi.
However, areas other than corporate sectors have been abandoned, such as the area where swamp people live. The federal government is delaying funding to rebuild areas like these, and insurance companies are coming out with excuses for claims.
The toll of hurricane Katrina:
It wrecked havoc on the state of Louisiana in 2005 and was estimated to be the most costly and deadliest hurricane in the history of the United States. Katrina was estimated to be the sixth most powerful hurricane ever. One can only imagine the damage it had done, for those who have not witnessed its might. As most folks in the state of Louisiana evacuated their homes, the swamp people didn’t have that luxury, as they live deeper in the woods, and plus they had nowhere to go. Perhaps the greatest affected people were sure swamp people.
Hurricane Katrina had struck several states such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Ohio; however, death tolls in most state were very minor, except for the state of Louisiana, where approximately 1577 Louisiana residents died.
Louisiana a hotbed for hurricanes:
It all started with hurricane Katrina in 2005, then hurricane Gustav struck in 2008, and just recently in 2011 hurricane lee struck Louisiana but to very minor extend compared to Katrina. The truth is that even though natural disasters keep ravaging the swamp people’s homes, their spirit can never be destroyed, as they have learned how to adapt and fight against the odds. In fact, natural disasters have made them tougher, and more vigilant, making their survivability odds higher for upcoming natural disasters.
We can all learn a few lessons from the swamp people, living a simple life can be more rewarding, uplifting and satisfying than living a complicated life. We all have troubles in life, be it life threatening or not. We should all learn to become tough like the swamp people.
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