Summary. Hurricane Katrina hit eleven years ago. Population of the City of New Orleans is down by over 95,000 people from
Don't cry for New Orleans. While it was a time to mourn the loss of a great talent, Prince, the New Orleans Jazz Fest was a confirmation and celebration of the reincarnation of the City many had written off as dead a decade earlier.
Colette Pichon Battle gave up a great job working as a corporate immigration lawyer in Washington DC to live in a tent in front of her flooded family home 50 miles from downtown New Orleans.
In the book turned latest Disney action movie The Finest Hours, Chris Pine plays real-life Coast Guard hero Bernie Webber. In February 1952 Webber and his crew of three saved 32 of 33 sailors trapped on the stern end of the Pendleton.
Dear !: You were supposed to be "the smart one." So, before you get yourself deeper in dog doo-doo. Bottom line: "he kept us safe" doesn't pass the smell test. I suggest you sing a different (swan?) song.
With opinions surrounding Katrina as widely colored and as deeply layered as our king cakes during carnival season, I did my best not to go into the interview series with a predetermined angle or scope for fear of skewing the story through confirmation bias.
Then the evacuees started to arrive in Baton Rouge. One woman desperately begged for my phone. Her husband was injured during the storm and they were plucked off their roof by separate helicopters. She didn't know where he was. She didn't know if he was alive. Since that time, everyday technology has made numerous and significant advances to keep people safe and families connected.
I watched as the stories came in that covered the destruction, fatalities and the chaos that ensued. And my heart ached for all those who were missing, dead and displaced as a result of this storm and the busted levies. This experience had an impact on me I will never forget.
"We gotta have some heart-to-heart conversations based on these statistics and say, 'What can we do ... to really close the achievement gap?'"
ICYMI, Qatar's spent $100 million rebuilding education, housing and health care in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
I did not realize ten years ago this week that, I would never again live in New Orleans, but I am astonished that after so many years I cannot talk about this anniversary of Hurricane Katrina without my voice cracking.
“The event was the hurricane. The story was the aftermath."
As the adage goes, "Necessity is the mother of invention." In 2005, on the heels of one of the costliest and deadliest disasters in American history, necessity created opportunity in New Orleans and ushered in a new wave of purpose-driven entrepreneurs who took a fresh approach to the city's challenges: social innovation.
Although the events of 10 years ago were certainly momentous enough in and of themselves to warrant commemoration, Katrina is also a harbinger of our future. We know that climate disruption threatens to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, from droughts to heat waves to hurricanes.