2005 – Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near Grand Isle, LA

August 29, 2017 all-day

During August 25-31, 2005, Hurricane Katrina created a path of destruction across southern Florida, and caused devastation into parts of southeast Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The storm then tracked northward into Tennessee and Kentucky and points northeast from there, where heavy rainfall was the main impact of the storm.

Hurricane Katrina at Landfall on August 29, 2005Damage to homes and businesses in both Louisiana and Mississippi was catastrophic. The current estimate for overall damages and costs is approximately $125 billion, based on various figures including over $100 billion in U.S. Government expenditures and estimates from Munich Re. The death toll is now estimated as 1833, with several hundred people still listed as missing. Katrina was the third deadliest hurricane since 1900, being topped only by the Galveston hurricane of 1900 (at least 8000 deaths) and the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928 (over 2500 deaths).

For more information, see the following resources in the Homeland Security Digital Library:

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Failure of Initiative: Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina [Report with Appendices]

Additional resources related to Hurricane Katrina