Remembering Hurricane Katrina Four Years Later

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press (New Orleans)-Four years to the day, a Category 3 hurricane hit the Gulf Coast and following a catastrophic levee failure flooded about 80 percent of New Orleans.

Saturday morning, hundreds attended a bell ringing service and the unveiling of a plaque at the Katrina Memorial on Canal Street.

During the 2005 storm, more than 1800 people died and another one million people were displaced from their homes along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas.

Most of the evacuees ended up in Houston, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana as well as other far off states. This movement of people became the largest in US history.

Hurricane Katrina ranks as one of the nation's five deadliest hurricanes. Damage estimates topped 100-billion-dollars with part of the I-10 Twin Span Bridge destroyed and major levee breaches at the 17th Street Canal, the London Avenue Canal and the Industrial Canal.

In this morning's Presidential Radio Address, Obama said that "no more turf wars. All of us need to move forward together, because there is much work to
be done.

Obama also said that "on this day, we commemorate a tragedy that befell our people, but we also remember that with every tragedy comes the chance of
renewal."


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