LOUISIANA — Today is the 8 year anniversary of the storm that flooded New Orleans, killed 1,577 people from Louisiana and 238 people in Mississippi, and devastated the region.
Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005 at Buras with sustained winds of 127 mph and a pressure of 920mb. It made another landfall near the Louisiana-Mississippi border with winds of 120 mph creating a 27-foot storm surge that went inland 6 miles.
More than 80 percent of New Orleans was submerged in flood waters after the levees failed.
The largest and third strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. caused roughly $81 billion in property damage. It is considered the costliest hurricane ever in U.S. history.
More than 70 countries pledged monetary donations and other assistance following the disaster. Kuwait made the largest pledge of $500 million.
The lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina were employed when Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf Coast. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of that storm, and although the devastation was minimal by comparison, many are still working to recover one year later.