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Remembering Hurricane Katrina after 15 years

By Tricia Nelson
People tend to remember the details of life-altering events. Most people, for example, can tell you what they were doing when they heard about the 9/11 attacks. For this same reason, people affected by Hurricane Katrina will always remember the events that ensued, even though it has been 15 years since it made landfall on the Gulf Coast.
Katrina was a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic before making landfall as a Category 3 when it hit on Aug. 29, 2005. It was responsible for over 1,800 deaths and $125 billion in damage. At the time, it was the costliest tropical cyclone on record and is now tied with 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.
Before Katrina, Mississippians used Camille as the standard by which to measure hurricanes. Both hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the same region, leaving a path of destruction. Some people mistakenly thought if they survived Camille, they could survive Katrina. This proved to be a catastrophic mistake for some. The debris from Katrina stretched inland, with many homes and buildings completely destroyed. Many lives were lost from those who thought they could “ride out the storm.” Some of the missing were never found.

Read more in the September 2, 2020 E-Edition