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Hurricane Katrina: 9 years later


What many called 'the storm we always feared,' Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 storm on August 29, 2005 in Louisiana. The devastating event split New Orleans into two cities: Before Katrina and After Katrina.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were displaced from their homes, and over 1800 lost their lives. Experts and officials estimate Katrina ultimately caused over $80 billion of damage. Hurricane Katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the US.

History.com reports that Katrina started as a tropical depression that formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, and meteorologists were soon able to warn people in the Gulf Coast states that a major storm was on its way.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued the city's first-ever mandatory evacuation order and declared the Superdome stadium would serve as a shelter for people who could not leave the city.

According to DoSomething.org, the final death toll was at 1,836, primarily from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238). More than half of these victims were senior citizens. 705 people are reported as still missing.

NOLA.com shares that there are people who have rebuilt their homes but kept the Katrina X that National Guard rescue teams used to mark their post-flood search for victims: "It is also a reminder of the misery we shared with so many others who stayed behind, our eternal bond with them and the city."

The photos of the devastation and the rescue efforts still bring tears to our eyes, nine years later. Share with us in the comments what you remember about the tragic event and the days and weeks that followed.

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chrissf4529 August 29 2014 at 9:55 AM

Katrina,more than any other event until then. Clearly displayed medias ability to influence or guide the publics opinions. The media completely ignored Biloxi,the area the Hurricane actually came ashore. If you ask the average person,they believed only New Orleans was hit.

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yeand August 29 2014 at 10:56 AM

where are the pictures of the looters? oh they all moved to ferguson i guess

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jkorgi August 29 2014 at 10:37 AM

Where are the pictures of the Missssippi coast where the hurricane hit? New Orleans only suffered because of corrupt officials who built shoddy levees and berms, The real damage was to the east. \We lost 40 years of possesions nc, no, you can't replace most of it. Tired of looking at NO pics when Katrina is mentioned.

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Cindy Lovell August 29 2014 at 10:31 AM

Any chance you could show some of the devastation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since that was Ground Zero for Katrina?

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mrsmvee Cindy Lovell August 29 2014 at 10:36 AM

No because they are all so stupid and believe the hurricane hit LA not MS...

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Robert Donald Howell Cindy Lovell August 29 2014 at 12:30 PM

Were there corrupt officials, looting and chaos??? No? Then its not worth reporting.

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notapclib August 29 2014 at 10:14 AM

Oh good... for a second or two, I was worried that the far left would not find a way to detract attention from the ineptness of the current occupant of the oval office by shining a light on natural occurrence made worse by the ineptitude of the DEMOCRAT elected officials of New Orleans 9 FREAKING YEARS AGO which they tried to blame on Washington DC for the effects on a city BUILT BELOW SEA LEVEL by a hurricane.

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jimmac01 August 29 2014 at 10:58 AM

It was equally devastating for places like Houston, Pensacola, etc., where all those "thankful refugees" went. Look at the crime statistics for those areas.

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Paul jimmac01 August 29 2014 at 2:49 PM

Except one thing you left out. There were no crime increases where white refugees went. Loved a story out of Houston where black thugs from N.O. started crap at a high school.Police came and handcuffed and arrested the low-pants wearing jackasses. One refugee said" he this ain't right. They don't put us in jail in New Orleans for this". Welcome to Texas where there is a new sheriff.,my *****.

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ladyunicorn52 August 29 2014 at 12:03 PM

What about Mississippi???????? NOBODY ever mentions us when they talk about Katrina!!! All their damage came from broken levees not the storm itself!!!

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leblancaj August 29 2014 at 11:49 AM

Katrina clearly demonstrated the need for each individual to evaluate the situation and, if you're on low ground, evacuate while the sun is still shining. If you stay, you need to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family. The government will probably be overwhelmed.

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skyofblue17 leblancaj August 29 2014 at 12:06 PM

And evaluate what to do with your pets. That was a huge problem with Katrina.

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Paul leblancaj August 29 2014 at 2:56 PM

Exactly. The evacuation was ordered Saturday after Friday forecasts had it definately coming close enough to New Orleans. Many that stayed had no way to "take care of themselves and their family" because they always rely on the government to do so. And even after looting for thei goodies, they realized they had no running water OR electricity. But then again, NO one accuses these people of being smart.

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jack August 29 2014 at 12:02 PM

Katrina was not the deadliest to hit the US. This is from wikipedia.

The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 was the deadliest hurricane in the history of the United States, killing at least 8,000 people. The 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane caused at least 2,500 casualties, and in 2005, Hurricane Katrina killed about 1,500 people. In the 1893 season, two hurricanes each caused over 1,000 deaths.[2]

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Joe and Suzanne jack August 29 2014 at 2:52 PM

jack back in 1900 they didn't have all the methods of warning people that a hurricane was coming!!! Those people most likely didn't leave because they probably didn't know it was coming, had no hurricane preparedness info, etc. Same thing regarding 1928.

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Paul jack August 29 2014 at 2:57 PM

The article said it killed 1800 people. Once again , you used media reports JUST to tell about New Orleans.

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lamsantosantos August 29 2014 at 11:45 AM

Bush sat on his bum back at the ranch for 2weeks,where is the help for the people who still need it?

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Paul lamsantosantos August 29 2014 at 2:50 PM

You men those that didn't feel the need to buy flood insurance?

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flobrooks lamsantosantos August 30 2014 at 1:10 AM

You mean the former (and still current) welfare leeches who have been sitting on their butts for nine years waiting for "somebody to do something". They might try a new concept and exert a little effort on their own behalf.

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