It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since the most horrific natural disasters since–who knows when. The hurricane left 80 percent of the city of New Orleans under water (yes, 80%)! Hurricane Katrina changed the way the government now reacts towards nationals emergencies and natural disasters. It put a spotlight on how the government views people of it’s own and really pulled at the heartstrings of many of us.
To see the pictures of people who look like us, waiting for days to get help and fresh water was heartbreaking. Many native to New Orleans now speak about life “before the water” or “after the water” as it was such a moment in history. Congress authorized spending more than $14 billion to beef up the city’s flood protection after Katrina and built a series of new barriers that included man-made islands and new wetlands. This week marks the anniversary of that life changing event. So we take a deeper look: how has things changed? If any?
Scroll through these pages and take a journey down memory lane with us as we look back to move forward.