new book depicts a troubled new orleans during hurricane katrina
Posted in the Grambling Forum
#1 Jan 14, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW ORLEANS, La./ PRESS RELEASE / DECEMBER 30, 2006
“Fallen Levee: The Hurricane Katrina Survival Story”, a new book by literary newcomer known only as Dion, tells the ultimate story of survival by Hurricane Katrina victims trapped in New Orleans.
“I wanted to tell this story from four different points of view,” Dion says.“The story is actually four stories. Four main characters trapped in a city flooded with water, infested with violence and experiencing one of the worst social and civil breakdowns since the Riots of LA in the late sixties.”
In his book, Dion starts his story on Saturday, two days before Katrina made landfall. He allows the reader to see how the information of the coming storm was perceived by New Orleanians.
“People went to bed Friday night expecting to have a good weekend,” Dion says.“They woke up Saturday morning bombarded with news of coming destruction. Some took the news seriously. Some did not, but it didn’t matter how anyone took it, because it came too late for anyone to properly prepare for what was coming.”
Fallen Levee also describes other issues surrounding Katrina, like the Army Corps of Engineers failure to properly build the levee, the impasse between federal and local government, the racism that has plagued the area for decades and the infamous standoff by Jefferson Parish police authorities when Orleans Parish evacuees tried to escape the flood by crossing the Greater New Orleans Bridge to the Westbank.
The book also describes issues that have not yet been raised, like the suspicion that convicted sex offenders were ordered by parole authorities to remain in the Superdome unsupervised with unsuspecting families and the merciless shootings of unarmed looters at the Oakwood Shopping Center.
“Fallen Levee doesn’t just represent the fall of brick and iron surrounding a city below sea level,” Dion says.“It also represents the failed levee in our eyes. How do we repair that levee and hold back that water when the institutions we rely on lies to us and consistently put our lives at risk?”
Dion @ [email protected]
27404 Sycamore Drive
Lacombe, La. 70445
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