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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.

Hurricane Katrina Facts & Figures

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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

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