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The 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Remembrance and Resilience

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In August of 2005, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were struck by one of the most devastating and costly disasters in U.S. History. Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levee system caused over 80% of the city to flood, and over 1,800 lives were lost.

Ten years later, the city of New Orleans reflects back on the magnitude of the destruction of Katrina. We remember the lives lost, damaged land, destroyed homes and grief of the entire nation, as the existence of this incredible American city was severely threatened.

On this 10-year anniversary, we take a look at where the city stands today and what further progress must be made. We also recognize the changes that sparked as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the efforts of those who have kept the city alive.

Immediately after the storm, the people of New Orleans, as well as individuals and groups from all over the world, planned rebuilding efforts to bring back a city even stronger than before the storm hit.

Since then, the New Orleans has made incredible strides with rebuilding its population, creating new infrastructure, improving institutions, attractions and much more.

While there are still many improvements to be made, New Orleans thrives more than ever as the authentic, historic and diverse cultural destination that locals and visitors cherish. Today New Orleans maintains its reputation as one of the most resilient cities in the world.

10th Anniversary Events

From film screenings, to seminars, community runs and a Day of Service, there are a variety of events happening throughout the month of August to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Katrina:

For a full list of events and information on the progress of the city post Katrina, visit

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