10 years after Hurricane Katrina, mental trauma remains

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Bill Clinton hails Katrina recovery as New Orleans recalls disaster.

Invoice Clinton paid tribute to the individuals of New Orleans as the town commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed greater than 1,800 individuals.Archival front pages the day of and days after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall 10 years ago were discovered by members of our photo staff during the months-long process of packing and moving from Downtown to the North Shore. The previous president was a keynote speaker at a ceremony on the finish of a day during which New Orleans held a collection of occasions to mark the devastation brought on by Katrina and keep in mind the lifeless. 4 fifths of the town have been left underwater when the levee system failed as Katrina struck. Those pages highlight not only the breadth of impact a Gulf Coast storm can have — a sharp rise in U.S. gasoline prices was feared, as one story said, because about 30 percent of oil and gas consumed in the U.S. passes through the region — but how quickly that coverage can change.

It was the culmination of a week of reflection about a storm that left 80 percent of the Louisiana city famed for its Mardi Gras under water and displaced 130,000 residents.On Saturday, dignitaries made speeches to honor the 1,500 who died, brass bands marched through the streets and neighbors gathered for block parties across New Orleans, where the mood shifted in turns from somber to reflective to celebratory. “It is kind of bittersweet. We want to celebrate because we are still here, but a lot of people are not,” said Natasha Green, 36, a resident of the wrecked Lower Ninth Ward at the time of the storm. “It is important to remember what we went through here.”A decade after Katrina, while residents and visitors alike said it was difficult to deny the rebound that New Orleans has achieved, there was also recognition that the poorest districts, like the Lower Ninth, have lagged.

The day began with Mayor Mitch Landrieu leading a somber tribute for the 83 “forgotten” victims whose unclaimed bodies lie in mausoleums at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, housed in one of the city’s historic above-ground cemeteries. Thousands were stranded in the Superdome, the nearly 80,000-seat stadium that was left without power and surrounded by several feet of water in the days after the storm. Sand bags were made available in Carnegie, and equipment was dispersed “throughout Shaler for a quicker response, if necessary.” A Post-Gazette story detailed Gov.

Members of the Pittsburgh-based Pennsylvania Region 13 Disaster Medical Assistance Team went to Biloxi, Miss., while a team from Erie was shipped to New Orleans. Along a main street in Mid-City, colorful flags swayed in the breeze from 52 wooden poles arranged across a green space as a commemoration by sculptor Michael Manjarris. Katrina’s devastation mushroomed into a political embarrassment for US President George Bush and Federal Emergency Management officials, who were roundly criticized for a slow and confused response to a crisis that mostly affected the poor and African Americans.

In a sour note to the anniversary, no one showed up at a planned hand-holding ceremony that was to have been held at the Superdome, which became to symbolize the chaos and helplessness that engulfed New Orleans after the flooding. For several sweltering days people were virtually trapped inside the Superdome without adequate food or water and little communication with the outside world. But later on Saturday people streamed into the Smoothie King Center, part of the complex, to hear former President Bill Clinton say “You’ve got a lot to celebrate tonight. But the celebration must be leavened by rededication.”Those who died “left behind memories and loved ones and legacies that deserved to be fully redeemed by erasing the lines that divide us,” Clinton added.

In a show of solidarity with other states on the Gulf of Mexico damaged by Katrina, a group called Gulf South Rising set up shop in Louis Armstrong Park at the edge of New Orleans’s French Quarter. “The seas are rising and so are we,” read banners hung on either side of the gateway to the park.Speakers included representatives from Black Lives Matter, a movement formed after a series of unarmed black men were killed by white police officers over the past year.

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