New Orleans, Gulf Coast Marks Katrina Milestone

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill Clinton hails Katrina recovery as New Orleans recalls disaster.

Residents of Mississippi and Louisiana marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday by ringing church bells, laying wreaths and celebrating the resiliency of a region still recovering from a disaster that killed more than 1,800 people and caused $151 billion in damage.NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As the church bells rang marking the decade since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the 80-year-old woman wept softly into a tissue as she leaned against her rusting Oldsmobile near a Catholic church in Mississippi. “I feel guilty,” said Eloise Allen, whose house in Bay St. 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.

Louis was damaged but inhabitable after the storm. “I didn’t go through what all the other people did.” Saturday was a day to remember what “all the other people” went through. The former president was a keynote speaker at a ceremony at the end of a day in which New Orleans held a series of events to mark the devastation caused by Katrina and remember the dead. In Biloxi, Mississippi, clergy and community leaders gathered at a newly built Minor League Baseball park for a memorial to Katrina’s victims and later that evening the park was hosting a concert celebrating the recovery. At times there was a more boisterous air, especially in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward where the water first broke through in 2005, with music filling the air from boom boxes as a parade snaked through the neighbourhood. “It’s good to see everybody come together and remember what happened, to see that people are still in good spirits.

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. He came back Saturday just to find old faces from the neighborhood but he couldn’t bring himself to see the vacant lot where his house used to be. “The family home is what kept us together and it’s gone,” he said. The event will also feature performances by the city’s “Rebirth Brass Band,” award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Wild Magnolias. As the anniversary came to a close and the region looked to the future, Maggie Carroll, who heads the Broadmoor Improvement Association in New Orleans, said there’s a “real challenge” to make sure that the spirit that drove so much of the recovery post-Katrina continues on.

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