By Edward J. Blakely,Henry Cisneros

Edward J. Blakely has been referred to as upon to assist rebuild after a number of the worst mess ups in fresh American background, from the San Francisco Bay Area's 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake to the September eleven assaults in big apple. but none of those jobs in comparison to the demanding situations he confronted in his appointment via New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin as Director of the place of work of restoration and improvement management following storm Katrina.

In Katrina's wake, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast suffered a catastrophe of large proportions. hundreds of thousands of kilos of water beaten the fundamental infrastructure of the town. A land quarter six occasions the dimensions of long island was once flooded, destroying 200,000 houses and leaving such a lot of recent Orleans less than water for fifty seven days. No American urban had sustained that quantity of destruction because the Civil struggle. yet underneath the facts lies a deeper fact: New Orleans were in hassle good sooner than the 1st levee broke, plagued with a declining inhabitants, crumbling infrastructure, useless executive, and a failed college process. Katrina basically made those current difficulties worse. To Blakely, the problem used to be not just to fix actual harm but in addition to reshape a urban with a damaged economic climate and a racially divided, socially fractured community.

My Storm is a firsthand account of a serious 16 months within the post-Katrina restoration procedure. It tells the tale of Blakely's recreation to remodel the shell of a adored American urban right into a urban which may not just live to tell the tale yet thrive. He considers the restoration effort's successes and screw ups, candidly assessing the demanding situations handy and the paintings done—admitting that he occasionally stumbled, particularly in dealing with press kinfolk. For Blakely, the tale of the post-Katrina restoration comprises classes for all present and would-be planners and coverage makers. it's, probably, a cautionary tale.

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