2005 Hurricane Response for Public Water Systems in Louisiana

by the Louisiana Department of Public Health and Hospitals



Speaker:                                 Karen S. Irion, P.E.

Safe Drinking Water Program Administrator

Louisiana Dept of Public Health and Hospitals

Baton Rouge, LA




This presentation details the state DHH-OPH Drinking Water Program response to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Fall 2005.  The presentation will illustrate lessons learned and procedures developed by the state to deal with the widespread devastation and long-term flooding caused by the flooding.

Learning Objectives:


  1. Understand the extent of damage to the state by the hurricanes.
  2. Learn new procedures developed to deal with such major disasters
  3. Learn some of the lessons taught to DHH-OPH staff on dealing with federal agencies after a major disaster.