Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Special Feature

Damaged and leaking oil facilities in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall in South Florida on August 25, 2005, as a Category 1 storm. After slowly moving across Florida, the storm gained power in the Gulf of Mexico, becoming a Category 5 storm. Katrina made its second landfall near Buras, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm featuring 145-mph winds. Hurricane Katrina caused significant damage to major populations, critical energy infrastructure, and it will likely take months to assess the full impact of this deadly hurricane. The Office prepared Situation Reports, working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, State and local governments, and the energy sector to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Katrina. Situation Reports and Power Outage Maps are provided below.

Cost of Hurricane Katrina Relief and Rebuilding

Starting September 24, 2005, damage assessments and restoration efforts related to Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes making landfall in the Gulf are covered in the Situation Reports.

Damage from Hurricane Katrina at the Sundown Energy facility included ruptured tanks and piping. The site, located in Potash, Louisiana, is remote.


Hurricanes Katrina and Rita | U.S. Department of the …

Today, eight years after Hurricane Katrina, CBO estimates that 93 percent—or $96 billion—of the total appropriations, or budget authority, for the 2005 hurricanes has been expended (see the figure below). Most of that spending occurred in the first few years, but outlays in the fifth year (2010) and beyond account for over 25 percent of the funding provided.

How Hurricanes Katrina and Rita affected the …

CBO estimates that outlays from the DRF for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma will total about $44 billion by the end of 2013 (see the figure below). Expenditures for operations and human services encompassed much of the immediate relief provided by FEMA, including food and shelter, search and rescue operations, and protection of critical infrastructure. Not surprisingly, most of that spending occurred quickly. In contrast, outlays for infrastructure assistance have occurred more slowly. Debris removal made up the bulk of such expenditures in the first year; afterward, expenditures for reconstruction of public infrastructure (such as bridges, schools, and utilities) and post-disaster hazard mitigation have accounted for most of the spending in that category.

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To address marine debris impacts on the Gulf Coast, Congress tasked NOAA in July 2006 to survey and map nearshore waters impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to facilitate debris removal.

Leaking oyster boat months after Hurricane Katrina.

Through the CDF, the Congress provided almost $20 billion to the five states most affected by the 2005 hurricanes for “disaster relief, long-term recovery, and restoration of infrastructure.” About $13 billion of that amount went for immediate relief in the form of direct payments to homeowners and utilities. After an initial delay, that spending occurred fairly quickly (see the figure below). However, outlays for other housing programs, infrastructure, and economic development increased over time through the fifth year after the storms and are expected to continue for several more years beyond 2013.