There's no doubt that Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating weather events to hit the United States-costing lives, property, and prosperity. In "Catastrophic Gumbo, " author Alvin JacQues provides a firsthand look at the facts, drama, details, and aftermath of this powerful storm. A survivor of Hurricane Katrina, JacQues considers himself lucky to be alive, and he credits his strong faith in God for both his survival and the opportunity to tell his story. In this memoir, he examines the enormous devastation and causalities and tells a heroic tale of survival. "Catastrophic Gumbo" includes more than thirty stories that describe what really happened during this natural disaster-including his rescue by the Coast Guard, his experience of six days of chaos at the Superdome, the drowning of his mother, the ever-present death and destruction that he witnessed, and the corruption of the New Orleans Police Department. A compelling account, "Catastrophic Gumbo" gives a behind-the-scenes and personal look at the before, during, and after of this tragedy that hit Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in 2005.