Remembering Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later


Zac Jacobson, News Editor

On the night of August 29, 2005, terror struck the City of New Orleans. There was no power for weeks after the storm. Over 1,800 people died. Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.


“Katrina was an unfortunate event which killed and affected many people’s lives,” Elena Whitten, senior, said.


Katrina was a Category 5 hurricane, peaking at 175 mph, that started over the Gulf of Mexico. Noticing that New Orleans expected to be hit directly, Ray Nagin, the mayor at the time, declared a state of emergency.


Preparation for Katrina was very hard. Canned goods in grocery stores were bought up, and wooden planks were all swept out of hardware stores.


“Preparation was very tough, but nothing was tougher than the National Weather Service announcement,” Nagin said.


On August 28, 2005, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for the City of New Orleans, stating that most of the area would be uninhabitable for weeks or longer. In addition, the warning foredoomed that at least one half of well-constructed homes would have roof and wall failure and all gabled roofs would fail, leaving those homes severely damaged or destroyed.


“Sport utility vehicles and light trucks will be moved. The blowing debris will create additional destruction. People, pets, and livestock exposed to the winds will face certain death if struck,” the Weather Service warned.


After the hurricane touched down on August 29, many were left homeless as the water level rose six feet above sea level. Many had nowhere to go except the only open public shelter, the New Orleans Superdome.


“The Superdome helped many survive Katrina. If we didn’t have that shelter, more would have died,” Nagin said.


August 29, 2015 marked the 10-year anniversary of the hurricane striking the City of New Orleans. Many gathered in the city to mourn and share a moment of silence for the lives lost.


Ultimately, August 29, 2005 is a day that will never be forgotten by those in the area.