Few natural disasters to have occurred in the US come close to the Hurricane Katrina in terms of devastation, loss of life, and property. Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2005. It was a category 3 storm then and hit land with 125 mph winds. Although Katrina visited Florida and Texas as well, it caused most extensive damage in New Orleans.
So severe was the catastrophe that more that the Federal Flood Protection System in Florida failed in morethan 50 places and more than 75% of the city was inundated. The cost of the storm was a staggering $81.2 billion. The total economic impact in terms of jobs lost, taxation losses, cost of rebuilding etc will exceed $150 billion. The final death toll as a result of Katrina was around 1500; however there is speculation that the actual figure could well be around 10,000. The eastern portion of the city which saw a lot of also reported maximum deaths.
Katrina has led to several investigations into the adequacy of the response to the hurricane in which several levees guarding New Orleans failed. The design and construction features of the levees have come under investigation. In fact the single main reason why the devastation in New Orleans occurred was that the federally built levees failed. So severe has been Katrina’s wrath that till date there are residents of New Orleans living in mobile trailers. The government response to the Katrina disaster was considered inadequate by many and led to the coining of the neologism “Katrinagate”.
The environmental impact of Katrina has been severe. Almost 20% of the marshes in the affected area have been permanently lost. The loss has had a strong effect on the survival and breeding chances of species such as redhead ducks, brown pelicans, ducks, etc.
David G. - July - 2018 - Sarasota, Florida
We wanted to self-install so we bought accordions and roll downs from Empire Construction.We measured our window and patio and sent Empire the specs.The shutters were an exact match.Installation is very doable for two reasonably mechanical people. In this case it was only one mechanical person and some extra hands. The accordions were a breeze as installation was mostly marking holes for spots, drilling holes, and screwing them in.Our accordions have locking pins that hold them open and act as a second lock when closed. Even if a projectile breaks the lock the rods will keep the shutters closed.These shutters are Bertha HV1. They are High Velocity Hurricane Zone Approved. Having seen a wide range of shutters we are extremely happy with the quality of the product we received!!
Jim J. - June - 2018 - Homestead , Florida
I installed fourteen aluminum accordion shutters which I purchased from Empire Construction.I could not be happier with my choice.The shutters are made very well and are powder-coated.The purchase included all of the required hardware which was powder-coated to match the shutters.The company is very customer-oriented.Michael and his staff were wonderful.They were attentive, helpful, and a delight to work with.The installation video on the website made the installation very easy.I highly recommend Empire Construction to anyone considering a purchase of hurricane shutters. Thanks again. Please say Hi to everyone,