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Katrina: 10 Years Later

Katrina Reflections: ‘I Am Very Thankful to Still Be Here’

Katrina Reflections: ‘I Am Very Thankful to Still Be Here’

As I reflect on Aug. 29, 2005, I am very thankful to still be here. My family and I could not leave. So, we lived through the devastation where I resided in New Orleans East. Though we had gone to a hotel, we saw how Katrina destroyed our city. Ten years later, though things have […]

Katrina Reflections: Still in the Storm

Katrina Reflections: Still in the Storm

Aug. 28, 2005: “We’ve been on the road since 2 a.m. this morning, escaping the ‘storm of the century’; the worst storm to have ever attacked the city of New Orleans. Katrina is a Category 5 hurricane, with winds of 175 mph. Meteorologists and other officials are calling it ‘catastrophic.’ “We don’t know what we’ll go […]

Katrina Reflections: Progress Without Equity Is Unjust

Katrina Reflections: Progress Without Equity Is Unjust

Everyone who lived through the life-changing event of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 has plenty of recovery stories. Personally, after going to bed with a sigh of relief thinking that my family and I had escaped the storm, I awoke to watch the news the next morning after Katrina made landfall. I was devastated to […]

Katrina Reflections: May Our Efforts Go Forward

Katrina Reflections: May Our Efforts Go Forward

It’s been generally agreed that, prior to Katrina, there was sufficient affordable housing. While not necessarily in the best condition, there were more available and affordable homes for all income ranges. Of course, with the storm and ensuing flood, all of that changed. Over 280,000 homes were either completely destroyed or damaged — a staggering […]