by Erin Z. Bass
Today is the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This deadly hurricane made landfall as a Category 3 the morning of August 29, 2005, near Buras, Louisiana. Almost 2,000 people died as a result, making Katrina the deadliest U.S. hurricane since 1928. Some residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still displaced after the storm and may be remembering Katrina in other locations across the country today.
For those who have moved back to New Orleans and towns like Biloxi (pictured are “steps to nowhere,” all that remain from a house located across from the beach there) and Gulfport, Mississippi, it’s been a week of remembering and rebirth. President Obama will give remarks at Xavier University this afternoon regarding the anniversary, and a commemoration and march were held in the lower Ninth Ward earlier this morning. This afternoon in Gulfport, Gov. Haley Barbour hosts a memorial event. Exhibits related to the storm were also announced this week, including The Historic New Orleans Collection’s “Katrina + 5: Documenting Disaster” on display now and the Louisiana State Museum’s “Living With Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond,” which includes one man’s rescue boat and Fats Domino’s storm-ravaged piano, opening Oct. 26.
No matter where you are today, we ask you to take a moment and remember Katrina, the city of New Orleans and all of the people across the country who were affected by this storm. And tomorrow, August 30, the movie, “The Big Uneasy,” shows for one day only in theaters across the country. New Orleans resident Harry Shearer shares the inside story on the disaster by speaking to investigators about the cause of the levee failure in this documentary. Click here to find out if there’s a screening in your area.