Skip to main content
Banner Image

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005 as a Category 5 Storm, causing over 1,800 deaths and property damage estimated at $81 billion. It was the costliest natural disaster, and one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in U.S. history.

Katrina 10 years later in the news

Many news organizations have reports commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans.  The links below are a selection of sites which have web pages dedicated to discussing the progress, or lack thereof, in rebuilding the Gulf Coast and restoring the disrupted lives of its residents after Katrina's destruction.

Subject Guide

Debra Thomson

Hurricane Katrina Facts & Figures

NOAA satellite image

Lives lost - 1,836 - Fifth deadliest in US history

Missing - 135

Property damage estimate - $81 billion - costliest hurricane in US history

Levee breaches - 53 - 80% of the city flooded

Housing units damaged, destroyed or lost - 850,791

Depth of flood water - up to 20 feet

Over 1 million people displaced

Highest winds - 175 mph

James P. Adams Library  ·  Rhode Island College  ·  600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908