Yes, Hurricane Katrina was the worst hurricane and American natural disaster. It flooded the Mississippi River which over flowed the levees which is the reason for flooding New Orleans.
If you mean “worst” in terms of deaths, then Katrina’s confirmed 1,836 place it down on the disaster list, behind the Galveston hurricane of 1900 (6000+ deaths), the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 (estimates vary, up to 3,000 deaths), the Johnstown Flood of 1889 (2,209 deaths), and tied with a hurricane in Florida in 1928 (1,836 deaths).
From an environmental standpoint, I’d say that the recent gulf oil spill was probably the worst. 205.8 million gallons are estimated to have been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, making it easily the worst oil spill in US history.
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