Path of Destruction

The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms

By John McQuaid; Mark Schleifstein
(Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316016421, 384pp.)

Publication Date: August 2006

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At 5:02 A.M. on August 29, 2005, Power Went Out in the Superdome. Not long after, wind ripped giant white rubber sheets off the roof and sent huge shards of debris flying toward Uptown. Rivulets of rainwater began finding their way down through the ceiling, dripping and pouring into the stands, the mezzanine, and the football field. Without ventilation, the air began to get gamy with the smell of sweat and garbage. The bathrooms stopped working. Many people slept; others waited, mostly in silence.

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