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10 Hurricane Katrina Survivors Reveal Storm’s Impact on Their Lives & New Orleans 15 Years Later
On Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made its historic landfall on the Gulf Coast, hitting a number of cities along the Louisiana-Mississippi border, with the eye of the Category 5 storm striking the vibrant city of New Orleans. While the massive storm weakened upon making landfall, Katrina engulfed New Orleans, leaving the city submerged in its waters for weeks due to failures in the levee and floodwall systems surrounding the city.
And while most Americans took in the news of the flooded city from their TV screens, residents of the Crescent City were living it — from the roofs of buildings and homes, the overcrowded floors of the Superdome, the makeshift boats floating on the hurricane waters — after evacuating and wondering what had become of their loved ones and homes.
Katrina was more than a natural disaster that claimed over 1,100 lives — it was also a political and social disaster that created even more damage, and in the process, shed light on the race and poverty gap prevalent in New Orleans and the country as a whole. While popular tourism hotspots such as the French Quarter and Garden District have bounced backed, many areas of the city have not yet fully recovered from the extensive damage….
Another fierce hurricane, 15 years after Katrina, shows who really pays the price
When Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in 2005, it had been 40 years since New Orleans had seen a major hurricane. In the 15 years since then, our state has seen seven major weather disasters and even more unnamed storms — every parish in the state has been under a federal flood declaration in recent memory.
Katrina would become one of the most devastating storms in the history of the United States. Now, as we pause in remembrance of the lives lost and forever changed as a result of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, which hit just a month later, Louisiana has once again been ravaged by a major storm. Its impacts are compounded by the ongoing pandemic, which has already devastated our communities and upended so many of our lives…