Hurricane Katrina is the costliest natural disaster, and also one of the top five deadliest hurricanes to ever occur. The storm killed 1,245 people while also causing 108 billion dollars in property damages. Katrina caused damage along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas.
The Coast Guard rescued 34,000 people after the storm hit the coast. Nearly 80% of the city was left under water. People were left standing on the tops of houses begging for help. People were not prepared and evacuation plans failed causing people to be stuck in the city. Hurricane Katrina was a shock to New Orleans and our nation.
Flooding in the city of New Orleans.
At the Superdome in New Orleans, where supplies had been limited to begin with, officials accepted 15,000 more refugees from the storm on Monday before locking the doors.
The storm began as a category 3 hurricane, then increased to a category 5.