May 28, 2017

Today in History: Hurricane Katrina


Today in History–August 29–the Library of Congress features Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on this date in 2005 near Buras, Louisiana, and headed north. Two hours later New Orleans’ Industrial Canal levee had been breached and within an hour, the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward was under six-to-eight feet of water. This devastating hurricane caused damage from Texas to Florida, hitting Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama particularly hard. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more digital hurricane resources from the Library.

Hurricane Katrina image set

Hurricane Katrina Oral Histories

Documenting Katrina and Rita in Houston webcast

A performance review of FEMA’s disaster management activities in response to Hurricane Katrina 2006

Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Roadways in the New Orleans Area 2007

U.S. legislation related to Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Risk for New Orleans September 2002 American RadioWorks, American Public Media

Historic newspaper coverage of 1915 New Orleans hurricane

Today in History: The Galveston Storm

Hurricane primary source set

Hurricane-related legislation

Hurricane science reference guide (includes curated links to resources outside the library)

NASA’s Exploration of Hurricanes Webcast 

Natural Disasters: Nature’s Fury lesson plan

State Spotlight: Louisiana

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