New Year's Eve marked worldwide

NEW YORK, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- People around the world marked the end of 2005 with festivities that ranged from a jazz funeral in New Orleans to an alcohol-free night in Moscow.

Tropical storm Zeta moving west

MIAMI, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The 27th tropical storm of the year, Zeta, was in the eastern Atlantic Ocean Saturday, moving west near 5 mph with 60 mph winds. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported at 11 a.m. the eye of the storm was 1,060 miles southwest of the Azores.

Tropical Storm Zeta shatters records

MIAMI, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Zeta, the 27th named storm of the year, formed Friday in the eastern Atlantic.

Design errors may have undermined levees

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Documents obtained by the New Orleans Times-Picayune suggest engineers made at least two critical mistakes in levee design in 1990.

Cruise lines returning to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A 600-passenger luxury ship becomes the first cruise ship Saturday to call on the Port of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

San Antonio not getting the Saints yet

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- San Antonio's hopes of seeing the Saints' home games at Alamodome next year may have been dashed as the New Orleans team is expected to return to Louisiana.

Red Cross drawing scrutiny of Congress

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Red Cross officials said they welcome the chance to address concerns of U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, whose committee is looking into the charity's actions.

Preparedness tops states issues for 2006

DENVER, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- With a year of high-profile problems in meeting needs from natural disasters, emergency planning tops the list of issues for U.S. state legislatures in 2006.

DNA experts helping ID Katrina victims

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Seasoned DNA experts who worked on identifying the dead in the Balkans have agreed to help Louisiana ID Hurricane Katrina victims.

Audit faults Homeland Security agency

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Severe management and financial problems continue to plague the immense Department of Homeland Security, an independent audit says.

Filmmaker Stevenson Palfi dead at age 53

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Award-winning filmmaker Stevenson J. Palfi has died in New Orleans at age 53.

U.S. consumer confidence up again

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. consumer confidence this month climbed to its highest level in four months, an industry group reported Wednesday.

Politics took a back seat on blogs in 2005

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A year-end review of the blogosphere by Intelliseek's BlogPulse.com finds less politics and more variety of almost every other kind in blog content.
T.K. MALOY, UPI Deputy Business Editor

Fraud charges in Red Cross Katrina relief

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Forty-nine people in California area have been indicted for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in Red Cross relief funds for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Airboat operators seek payment for Katrina

PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A group of airboat operators says it was never paid for the hundreds of hours boat owners spent rescuing victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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Hurricane Katrina
A man carries a baby through the flooded streets of New Orleans outside the cities Super Dome football stadium on August 31, 2005. Tens of thousands of displaced citizens sought shelter at the dome, before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, but have been forced to evacuate as floodwaters continue to rise throughout the area. (UPI Photo/Jeremy L. Grisham/Navy) .

Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. At least 1,836 people died in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane; total property damage was estimated at $81 billion (2005 USD), nearly triple the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana. It caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks. However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as all Mississippi beachfront towns, which were flooded over 90% in hours, as boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland, with waters reaching 6–12 miles (10–19 km) from the beach.

The hurricane protection failures in New Orleans prompted a lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the designers and builders of the levee system as mandated by the Flood Control Act of 1965. Responsibility for the failures and flooding was laid squarely on the Army Corps in January 2008, but the federal agency could not be held financially liable due to sovereign immunity in the Flood Control Act of 1928. There was also an investigation of the responses from federal, state and local governments, resulting in the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael D. Brown, and of New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Eddie Compass.

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