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Remembering Hurricane Katrina 8 years later

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  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29: A New Orleans Police car drives down Canal Street during Hurricane Katrina early in the morning August 29, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina made landfall this morning as a Category 4 strom with sustained winds in excess of 135 mph near Empire, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 31: People wait for assistance after being rescued from their homes in high water after Hurricane Katrina August 31, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Devastation is widespread throughout the city with water approximately 12 feet high in some areas. Hundreds are feared dead and thousands were left homeless in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida by the storm. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29: A man walks through a flooded neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina hit the area August 29, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina was down graded to a category 4 storm as it approached New Orleans. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 03: Milvertha Hendricks, 85, sits wrapped in an American flag blanket outside New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as she waits with other Hurricane Katrina survivors for evacuation. Indicative of the ever-worsening conditions, Hendricks suffers from dementia and has not received any medical treatment. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
  • UNITED STATES - AUGUST 31: Trachelle Addison cuddles her 2-week-old son, Jirra-e, in the stands of the Superdome, where some 25,000 refugees have taken shelter after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, La., earlier this week. Some day-old babies and premature infants were airlifted out of hospitals in the disaster area today - in some cases without their mothers. (Photo by Michael Appleton/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 28: New Orleans residents sit in the Superdome, which is being used as an emergency shelter, before the arrival of Hurricane Katrina August 28, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina has sustained winds of 175 mph and is expected to make landfall in the Gulf Coast as early as August 29. Katrina killed at least seven when it moved through Miami-Dade County in Florida. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29: Two residents wade through chest deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area on August 29, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina was down graded to a category 4 storm as it approached New Orleans. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • The floor of the Houston Astrodome is covered by Hurricane Katrina refugees from the New Orleans Superdome arrive at the Houston Astrodome, September 1, 2005. (Photo by Bob Levey/WireImage)
  • New Orleans, UNITED STATES: Hurricane Katrina survivors wait outside the Superdome and Convetion Center in New Orleans 02 September, 2005. The New Orleans sports arena that housed hurricane refugees for five days in lawless squalor was finally emptied Friday, though many remained stranded with no immediate prospect of evacuation. While relieved to leave the confines of the Superdome, where many testified to pitch-dark nights of gunfire, rioting and rape, the evacuees found the devastated city ou
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29: Listing palm trees and upended light poles are left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina August 29, 2005 on Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina roared ashore early this morning, flooding this coastal city, much of which sits below sea level. The storm missed hitting New Orleans directly, but has caused massive damage all the same, flooding city streets and battering the roof of the city's Superdome stadium. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • Oil and water still submurge residences two weeks after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans, 12 September 2005. US President George W. Bush, on a tour of devastated New Orleans, rejected charges the government was slow to respond to Hurricane Katrina because most of the victims were black or because the nation's military was over-extended in Iraq. Hurricane Katrina hit the region on August 29 causing numerous deaths and severe property damage in Louisiana and Mississippi. AFP PHOTO (Photo cre
  • NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 13: New Orleans home owner Ms. Mary Rush whose house is being completely rebuilt after being devastated by Hurricane Katrina sits with NFL New Orleans Saints player Jahri Evans at the IrvingMorris/United Way/NFL Saints: Hope For The Holiday Rebuild at Private Residence on December 13, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage for United Way)
  • View south along Poydras Street from the U.S. Route 90 overpass shows floodwaters that cover the tires of washed-away cars following the collapse of a number of levees in the wake of Hurrican Katrina, New Orleans, Louisiana, early September, 2005. The Louisiana Superdome, which housed tens of thousands of people during the storm, is visible at right. The hurricane and its aftermath resulted in more that 1800 deaths and more than 80 billion dollars in damages. (Photo by Steven Clevenger/Getty Ima
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 30: In this U.S. Coust Guard handout, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Beaty, of Long Island, New York, looks for survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 30, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is estimated that 80 percent of New Orleans is under flood waters as levees begin to break and leak around Lake Ponchartrain. (Photo by NyxoLyno Cangemi/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 31: A man rides in a canoe in high water after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area August 31, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Devastation is widespread throughout the city with water approximately 12 feet high in some areas. Hundreds are feared dead and thousands were left homeless in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida by the storm. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • New Orleans, UNITED STATES: Military helicopters land at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, 01 September 2005.Stretched relief services flailed away 01 September, as a vast refugee crisis is developing, unbelievably, within US borders, following a mass human exodus from Hurricane Katrina. Scenes emerged of desperation, deprivation and human agony, which Americans are used to seeing only on their television screens from the world's hotspots.JAMES NIELSE
  • NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 02: U.S. Army National Guard soldiers assist stranded victims of Hurricane Katrina outside the New Orleans Convention Center September 2, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of troops poured into the city September 2 to help with security and delivery of supplies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • New Orleans, UNITED STATES: Residents are rescued amid flood waters 30 August 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana, following Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane-battered New Orleans was consumed by a catastrophe of unimagined scale Tuesday, cut off from the outside world, submerged by rising floodwaters and troubled by signs of fraying public order. (JAMES NIELSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • IN SPACE - AUGUST 29: In this satellite image from NOAA, Hurricane Katrina is seen at 1:15 PM (EST) August 29, 2005 over the Gulf Coast. Katrina, now a Category 2 strom with 105 mph winds, made landfall close to Empire, Louisiana at about 6:00 AM (CDT). (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 02: Stranded victims of Hurricane Katrina wait outside the Superdome to be evacuated September 2, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of troops poured into the city September 2 to help with security and delivery of supplies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • NITED STATES - CIRCA 2007: Abandoned cars near the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Michael Lewis/National Geographic/Getty Images)
  • METAIRIE, LA - MAY 29: Isabella Lander (L) and Arabella Christiansen climb on the 17th Street Canal levee May 29, 2008 in Metairie, Louisiana. Despite $22 million in repairs, the 17th Street Canal levee, which broke during Hurricane Katrina, is leaking. Experts fear the levee could fail again in another large storm. Hurricane season begins June 1. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2002: Requests for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are written on the pavement of Burgundy St. in the Bywater section of New Orleans. (Photo by Linda Rosier/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
  • GULFPORT, MS - SEPTEMBER 01: Raymond Shows walks through debris to his home that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina September 1, 2005 in Gulfport, Mississippi. Local residents who have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina began to receive supplies from relief agencies. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29: A man holds himself on his porch in Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 29, 2005 after hurricane Katrina slammed Louisiana as a category 4 storm. Much of New Orleans was flooded after levies broke and water rushed into the city. (Photo by Marko Georgiev/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 30: The Super Dome is seen in flooded downtown New Orleans, Louisiana on August 30, 2005, a day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. Hurricane Katrina slammed Louisiana as a category 4 storm, forcing levies to brake and flooding much of New Orleans. (Photo by Marko Georgiev/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 22: A damaged home is seen in the Lower Ninth Ward on February 22, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The hurricane ravaged Ninth Ward is still mostly without power and a majority of the homes are uninhabitable as the city begins celebrating Mardi Gras. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  • BILOXI, MS - SEPTEMBER 01: Thomas Walker, the sexton of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer carries a bronze plaque from the church which was destroyed by Hurrican Katrina as he walks with lifetime church member Melba Smith September 1, 2005 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Biloxi was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and hundreds are feared dead along the Mississippi coastline. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
  • UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2002: People forced to flee their homes by Hurricane Katrina - some in wheelchairs - wait on an overpass near the Superdome in 90-degree heat in hopes of being evacuated from the flooded-out city of New Orleans. However, convoys of buses were diverted from the Superdome today to start rescuing some of the 20,000 refugees who are massed downtown enduring squalid conditions at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. (Photo by Michael Appleton/NY Daily News Archive via Getty I
  • : NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 30: A girl is rescued by a firefighter from New Orleans Frie Department after being trapped in her home in high water in Orleans parish during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 30, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds in excess of 135 mph. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Gulfport, UNITED STATES: The Kids Quest (C) building sits in the middle of the route 90 next to the Grand Casino (L) 30 August 2005 in Gulfport, Mississippi, both damaged from the high wind and waves Hurricane Kartrina. Hundreds of people may have been killed by Hurricane Katrina along Mississippi's Gulf coast, said Vincent Creel, a spokesman for the devastated city of Biloxi. 'You're going to be looking at hundreds dead along the coast of Mississippi,' Creel said. AFP Photo/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Ph
  • New Orleans, UNITED STATES: Hurricane Katrina refugees take shelter from floodwaters on a highway overpass in New Orleans 01 September, 2005. Up to 300,000 survivors from the hurricane may still need to evacuated from disaster zones in Louisiana, Governor Kathleen Blanco said Thursday. AFP PHOTO/JAMES NIELSEN (Photo credit should read JAMES NIELSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • New Orleans, UNITED STATES: Hurricane Katrina refugees cross a bridge on US 90 in a downpour 01 September 2005, as they walk out of New Orleans. Thousands of people are feared dead after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans and its surrounding areas, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said Thursday. 'We actually believe there will be thousands' of dead people, the governor told a press conference in the state capital, adding however that no indication of the actual death toll was yet available
  • NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 2: U.S. Navy Search and Rescue (SAR) Swimmer 1st Class Scott Chun calms victims of Hurricane Katrina after rescuing them from a rooftop in downtown September 2, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of people are still reportedly trapped in the city, awaiting relocation. (Photo by Jay C. Pugh/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 30: Jason Biggs pushes his wife Diane on a raft down Canal Street, flooded by Hurricane Katrina, August 30, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sixty people were dead and thousands left homeless in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama when Katrina roared ashore yesterday, cutting off power and leaving much of New Orleans flooded by water up to 20 feet deep in some areas. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 02: Stranded victims of Hurricane Katrina wait in line for U.S. Army National Guard soldiers to distribute food and water at the New Orleans Convention Center September 2, 2005 in New Orleans. Thousands of troops poured into the city September 2 to help with security and delivery of supplies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • UNITED STATES - AUGUST 30: A highway running through New Orleans is partially submerged under water in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco ordered a full-scale evacuation after levees weakened by the storm gave way and the waters of Lake Pontchartrain flooded the historic jazz city. (Photo by Michael Appleton/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
  • UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 05: Hurricane Katrina survivor Mary Lee Quinn, left, cries as she talks to TV personality Oprah Winfrey about her search for missing relatives as Oprah toured the floor of the Astrodome in Houston, Texas September 5, 2005. (Photo by Carlos Antonio Rios/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 30: A woman is placed into an Army vehicle after being rescued from her home after being trapped in high water in Orleans parish in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 30, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds in excess of 135 mph. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 30: A woman is carried out of flood waters after being trapped in her home in Orleans parish during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina August 30, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds in excess of 135 mph. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 30: Lynell Wright (15) carries Luric Johnson (3) through a flooded intersection crowded with survivors awaiting rescue at the St. Cloud bridge on August 30, 2005, a day after Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans, Louisiana. Much of New Orleans was flooded after levies broke and water rushed into the city. (Photo by Marko Georgiev/Getty Images)
  • NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 6: A man wipes his eyes as firefighters try to contain a blaze after Hurricane Katrina on September 6, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. With no water pressure in the city, firefighters have had to rely on aerial support to fight the fires in the area. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • New Orleans, UNITED STATES: Rescued victims of Hurricane Katrina wave from a boat 29 August, 2005. The eye of Katrina made landfall just east of New Orleans 29 August as a Category 4 hurricane. AFP PHOTO / James NIELSEN (Photo credit should read JAMES NIELSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2005: Man driven from his home by Hurricane Katrina carries an unconscious boy past a row of National Guardsmen outside the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, where many residents took shelter when the storm hit the Gulf Coast on August 29th, 2005. Shots were fired and a near riot erupted at the arena today as thousands who had taken shelter there fought to board the buses for the Astrodome in Houston, Tex. (Photo by Michael Appleton/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
  • UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2002: Sean Penn (center) helps an elderly man stranded by Hurricane Katrina through the floodwaters to safety on Napoleon St. in New Orleans. The Oscar-winning actor and political activist managed to reach several people who had been trapped in their homes since the killer storm hit Monday. Penn, who was accompanied by a crew of helpers, brought the victims to dry land - and gave them cash as well. Asked what he was doing in the disaster zone, Penn said, 'Whatever I can do
  • NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 02: Stranded victims of Hurricane Katrina wait outside the Superdome to be evacuated September 2, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of troops poured into the city September 2 to help with security and delivery of supplies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Ronald Wood is rescued from his home in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana on Monday 29 August 2005. Rescue crews worked frantically 30 August 2005, to save hundreds of people trapped by floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the US Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and reportedly left dozens of people dead. The massive storm, one of the most powerful ever to hit the United States, killed at least 54 people
  • UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 04: A man watches a house burn on Napolean St. as helicopters try to extinguish the fire by dropping water from above in Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Because of the extensive flooding caused by the breaking of the city's levies, fire trucks were unable to reach burning homes and in some cases whole blocks burned to the ground. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
  • The Interstate-90 bridge over St. Louis Bay in Pass Christian, Mississippi, 30 August 2005 is folded and destroyed from the high wind and waves of Hurricane Katrina. Hundreds of people may have been killed by Hurricane Katrina along Mississippi's Gulf coast, said Vincent Creel, a spokesman for the devastated city of Biloxi, Mississippi. 'You're going to be looking at hundreds dead along the coast of Mississippi,' Creel said. AFP Photo/PAUL J. RICHARDS
  • UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2005: Lawrence and Vanessa Arnollie take shelter in the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast states on August 29th, 2005. After three days with no running water and intense heat and humidity the shelter has become unsanitary and unsafe. Officials prepare evacuation despite the flood water surrounding the building. (Photo by Michael Appleton/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
  • : Emergency personnel rescue residents from submerged houses in New Orleans, 29 August 2005, after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Hurricane Katrina made landfall early Monday as a category four storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale and caused widespread damage and flooding in New Orleans and other cities on the southern Gulf Coast of the United States. AFP PHOTO/James NIELSEN
  • Residents are rescued by helicopter from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina 01 September 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. DAVID J. PHILLIP/AFP/Getty Images
  • Hurricane Katrina 2005, was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. At least 1,836 people lost their lives in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
    
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More than 1,800 people died after Hurricane Katrina made it's way through the Gulf Coast and New Orleans back in 2005.

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