Hurricane Katrina Photo Essay

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Hurricane Katrina made a huge impact on the people of the Gulf Coast south.

But its effects on the city of New Orleans has stayed in the minds of American citizens for the past ten years.

As the tenth anniversary passes, let’s look back at how this storm changed so many people’s lives.

Flooded street in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina

Once the storm overwhelmed the city’s leevee system, the streets flooded. Photo Credit: Marty Bahamonde/FEMA

New Orleans residents standing on the overpass and bridges to get out of New Orlean floodwaters followng Hurricane Katrina.

As the storm waters overwhelmed part of the New Olean’s low-lying neighborhoods, New Orleans residents began leaving the city in whatever way they could. Here many storm-affected citizens are standing on the overpass and bridges to get out of New Orleans. Photo Credit: Marty Bahamonde/FEMA

Stacked up boats at bridge following Hurricane Katrina.

The power of the storm destroyed much of the city’s fishing economy. Here, the hurricane stacked up boats at a bridge like toys. Photo Credit: Kaufmann/FEMA

Damaged Superdome

One of New Orlean’s most famous landmarks, the Superdome sports stadium was heavily damaged by the winds and power of Hurricane Katrina. Still, desperate city residents flooded out of their neighborhoods spent time in the structure while waiting for relief agencies to coordinate aid. Photo Credit: Win Henderson/FEMA

Children's toy lost during Hurricane Katrina

Picking up the pieces of a damaged life was the goal of so many residents of New Orleans after the passage of Hurricane Katrina, ten years ago. Photo Credit: Patricia Brach/FEMA

Family of Evacuees

Through all of the upheaval and suffering of the storm’s aftermath, families did their best to stay together and stay positive. Photo Credit: Michael Rieger/FEMA