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President Obama Katrina Speech: New Orleans’ ‘Resilience’ Is Model For America

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans Aug. 27, 2015. Obama heralded the progress the city has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality.   Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans Aug. 27, 2015. Obama heralded the progress the city has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality. Reuters

President Barack Obama applauded the resilience of those affected by Hurricane Katrina in a speech Thursday in New Orleans that marked the 10th anniversary of the storm ravaged the city and displaced more than a million people. Speaking from one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods, Obama acknowledged the failures of the federal government to respond effectively and highlighted the strides the city has made. “If Katrina is an example of what happens when the government fails, the recovery is an example of what happens when the government works together,” Obama said at Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in the Lower Ninth Ward, a predominantly black neighborhood, which garnered national attention for trauma the area suffered in the aftermath of the storm…

 

Will New Orleans’ $14.5 Billion Walls Stand Up to the Next Big Storm?

Another Katrina-like hurricane, or worse, is out there, and for New Orleans the big questions are: How soon before the next one hits? How prepared will the city be? “We’re dealing with probabilities here,” said Gerry Galloway, a retired Army Corps of Engineers general who is now an engineering professor at the University of Maryland. “There is nothing that prevents a hurricane the size of Katrina or Katrina-plus tomorrow. Sooner or later something like that is going to happen.” In the 10 years since Katrina killed more than 1,500 people in Louisiana and left 80 percent of New Orleans under water, significant steps to reduce the risk of future flooding have been taken. The most visible: $14.5 billion in stronger levees that truly make New Orleans a city walled in from the water. That’s a major change from the numerous gaps and faulty pumps that marked the city’s defenses before Katrina…

 

Katrina: A Storm to Remember in Pictures

 

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