Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans – 5 Years Later

On August 29th 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through Louisiana and Mississippi en route to becoming the deadliest US hurricane since 1928. It’s been five years since the disaster, but looking through Google’s satellite and Street View services it’s clear the scars remain deep in the region. Hurricane Katrina made landfall from the Gulf of Mexico, crossing and nearly obliterating the Chandeleur Islands as it surged water towards Lake Pontchartrain. The US Geological Survey estimated that 217 square miles (560 km2) of the islands eroded away into the sea during the hurricane season of 2005. Today, Chandeluer is said…

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