Hurricane Katrina: 9 years later

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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 23: New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin testifies on Capitol Hill on September 23, 2008 in Washington, DC. Mayor Nagin spoke about his city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina as well as its recent experience with hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Officials from the Gulf area were on Capitol Hill requesting lawmakers for federal funding to aid in recovery efforts for over $14 billion worth of damage after the two recent hurricanes devastated the region. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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Aerial view of massive flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina September 7, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Shrimp boats piled up on a bridge blocking the highway almost 60 days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area October 25, 2005 in Empire, LA.
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Aerial view of massive flooding and destruction scattering cars in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 2, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Aerial view of massive flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina including a broken retaining wall part of a levee September 7, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
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Barber Shop located in Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana, damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005
View of massive flooding and destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 6, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
View of massive flooding and destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 6, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
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Keeping Watch: A Coastie keeps a sharp lookout from a helicopter over flooded New Orleans
FEMA Urban Search & Rescue teams carry and injured elderly man to an evacuation helicopter in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 1, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Survivors rescued by FEMA urban search and rescue teams in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 31, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Survivors being evacuated at New Orleans Airport to other states in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 1, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
An elderly couple walk up the ramp to the Superdome after being rescued from their flooded home as the city is evacuated due to hurricane Katrina August 31, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Survivors rescued by urban search and rescue on an airboat in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 31, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Residents stand outside the damaged Superdome used as a shelter in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 2, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors from New Orleans are relocated to a Red Cross shelter in the Houston Astrodome September 1, 2005 in Houston, TX.
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New Orleans, September 5, 2005 - Several boats, part of a large scale search and rescue mission into the flooded regions of the
Aerial view of massive flooding and breach in levees in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 30, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
FEMA urban search and rescue teams pull a survivors to safety in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 5, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
FEMA urban search and rescue teams search for survivors by boat in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 5, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
FEMA urban search and rescue teams search for survivors by air boat in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 3, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
FEMA urban search and rescue teams search for survivors by air boat in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 3, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
National Guardsmen using a front-end loader rescues survivors from the floodwater in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 31, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
FEMA Urban Search & Rescue teams carry and injured elderly man to an evacuation helicopter in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 1, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Survivors being evacuated at New Orleans Airport to other states in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 1, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Hurricane Katrina survivors from New Orleans search the message board for loved ones after being relocated to a Red Cross shelter in the Houston Astrodome September 4, 2005 in Houston, TX.
Sep 04, 2005; New Orleans, LA, USA; SEAN PENN escorts infirm people to Ochsna Hospital following a gas main fire in their neighborhood. Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Bryan Smith/ZUMA Press. (©) Copyright 2005 by Bryan Smith
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FEMA urban search and rescue teams pull a survivors to safety in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 5, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
Survivors rescued by urban search and rescue on an airboat in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 31, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
FEMA urban search and rescue teams search for survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina September 5, 2005 in New Orleans, LA.
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By MEGAN BARRETO

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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