Hurricane Katrina

Katrina's predicted track moves from the Florida panhandle to the MS and LA coast; LA Gov. Kathleen Blanco declares a stage of emergency in LA.

INTRODUCTION

In August of 2005, the Gulf Coast and the city of New Orleans were forever changed when Hurricane Katrina struck, causing severe damage from Florida to Texas. This page is designed to help you understand the places that were affected by the storm and how a series of decisions made throughout history led to the destruction of the property and livelihoods of people living in the region, as well as taking more than 1,800 lives.

Click the points of interest on the interactive map above to learn more about each location. Use the timeline to understand the circumstances that led to the failure of the levees and click through to the resources below to learn more about hurricanes, natural disasters and what the Gulf Oil Spill could mean for the region.

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