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10 Year Anniversary: Remembering Hurricane Katrina.

NEW ORLEANS — With prayer and the somber ringing of church bells, residents in Mississippi and Louisiana gathered Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of the day that Hurricane Katrina slammed into their states — causing deadly and costly havoc.

Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate; Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab & Co.; and Nicholas Lardy, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics • WUSA9’s Capital Download with Derek McGinty and Susan Page: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos, and political roundtable guests John Fritze of the Baltimore Sun and Sabrina Siddiqui of The Guardian Addressing dignitaries at New Orleans’ memorial to the unclaimed and unidentified dead, Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke of the dark days after the monstrous storm and how the city’s residents leaned on each other for support.

Eloise Allen, 80, wept softly into a tissue and leaned against her rusting Oldsmobile as bells chimed at Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church just across a two-lane street from a sun-drenched beach at Bay St. In Biloxi, clergy and community leaders were to gather later at MGM Park for a memorial to Katrina’s victims and later that evening the park will host a concert celebrating the recovery. Katrina’s force caused a massive storm surge that scoured the Mississippi coast, pushed boats far inland and wiped houses off the map, leaving only concrete front steps to nowhere.

In addition to the former president the event will feature performances by the city’s “Rebirth Brass Band,” award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien and Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Wild Magnolias. In a series of events in the week leading up to the actual anniversary, the city has held lectures, given tours of the levee improvements and released a resiliency plan.

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