This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which caused severe destruction along the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina caused over $100,000,000.00 worth of damage and over 1,800 people lost their lives.
Hurricane Katrina started as a tropical depression on August 25, 2005. By August 28 the Gulf Coast region was being evacuated. New Orleans was particularly a target due to some of the city being below sea level. Then mayor Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans but unfortunately some residents could not leave the city due to not having access to an automobile.
While many residents who left New Orleans came back to rebuild their homes many other residents have stayed away. Black residents were more likely to live in areas of New Orleans that was harder hit than other areas and where recovery has been much slower. Ten years after Katrina there is also a racial divide when it comes to how residents view the recovery in New Orleans.
The Washington Post has several very good articles about the changes going on in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast area including the gentrification of several neighborhoods and the influx of new businesses.
The New York Times has a very good article about the changes going on in New Orleans with an emphasis on New Orleans native Alden McDonald.