Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast on this date in 2005 leaving devastating effects in the city of New Orleans, and surrounding areas.
Thousands of people who didn’t or couldn’t leave New Orleans were trapped in the flooded city without food, clean water or power. Coast Guard and National Guard helicopters plucked hundreds of people from the rooftops of flooded homes and dropped supplies to those who were trapped.
Many took refuge at the city’s Superdome and Convention Center. Katrina is estimated to have caused over 81-billion-dollars in damage and killed more than 15-hundred people in Louisiana.