Profile America — Monday, August 29th. Six years ago today, a hurricane slashed its nickname into the history books and into the hearts of tens of thousands of its victims. Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, destroying communities over a wide path. Its winds and heavy rains breached the levees protecting New Orleans and within two days, 80 percent of the historic city was under water. The estimated death toll ranges to over 1,800. Property loss is estimated at $125 billion. More than one million people were evacuated during and after the storm. Full reconstruction of the devastated areas is expected to take many years. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.
Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2011, p. 431
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.12