HOUSTON (AP) — Bunk beds dominate the narrow living room of Chevelle Washington’s modest three-bedroom brick townhouse apartment. A large box in the corner is piled high with kids’ shoes. The 51-year-old is raising six of her grandchildren. Her home is a refuge, a haven. It was that way back in her native New Orleans, too […]
When Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast nearly 10 years ago, it left a mammoth trail of damage in its wake. Storm surge and winds ripped the top off a church steeple in Mississippi, left a tangle of fishing boats sitting in the middle of a Louisiana highway, and ripped holes into the New Orleans […]
NEW ORLEANS – When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant city – the place where jazz was born, where the food is legendary, where culture runs deep – had some big problems.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]