Real Katrina Facts
August 29, 2006
The population of New Orleans is less today than in 1890. Less than half of the city’s 460,000 have moved back in the past year.
HOUSING: Homes still are without power – 60%. A third of the streets have hurricane debris that still hasn’t been hauled away. Rental rates are up 40%.
HEALTH: 6 of 9 hospitals are closed. Half the doctors have abandoned the city. There is a shortage of 1,000 nurses. Suicide rate is up 300%.
PUBLIC SERVICE: Only 17% of the city buses are operational. 34% of the public schools are still closed.