(NBC News) Hurricane Katrina’s fury was felt across the Gulf Coast. Now, ten years later, the dramatic images are still etched in our nation’s memory.
Dozens of communities from Florida through Louisiana were pounded by the winds, or washed away by the surge as the Category Three hurricane made landfall, but the full magnitude of the storm wasn’t clear until a day or so later when the force of the water unexpectedly overwhelmed levees across New Orleans.
More than 1,800 people were killed and more than 100,000 lost their homes.
In the hardest hit areas, like St. Bernard Parish and the Ninth Ward, survivors were pulled from rooftops by helicopters and boats. Others walked out, carrying any belongings they could.
Tens of thousands rushed to the Convention Center and Superdome, shelters of “last resort.”
Ten years later the dome has been transformed from a shelter back to a showcase, hosting the men’s Final Four and a Super Bowl. Bourbon Street and the French Quarter are booming, and so is business. Forbes recently ranked New Orleans as the fastest growing city in the United States. But things haven’t moved as quickly in the battered ninth ward.
The federal government has provided $9 billion in funds for rebuilding through the Road Home program and there are still millions of dollars in FEMA money that’s targeted specifically for the Ninth Ward, but what you’ll see when you drive through the neighborhood are hundreds of properties untouched for ten years.
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