On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Grand Isle, Louisiana as a Category 3 storm, with winds reaching speeds of up to 127mph. The devastating storm led to approximately 1,200 fatalities, and cost an estimated $108 billion in property damage, making Katrina the costliest US storm on record.
The city of New Orleans was one of the hardest hit. It experienced catastrophic flooding after a number of its aging levees failed during the storm. Ten-years after Katrina’s fatal blow, then-President Barack Obama acknowledged the mass infrastructure failure, saying: “What started out as a natural disaster became a man-made disaster—a failure of government to look out for its own citizens.”
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