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The Gulf Coast has come a long way in recovery and rebuilding efforts since Hurricane Katrina

August 27, 2010

Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 storm that first made landfall at Buras, Louisiana, on the morning of Aug. 29, 2005. Levees built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s broke, destroying communities in floodwaters. Katrina destroyed 90,000 square miles of the Gulf and more than 1,800 people died.

The Gulf Coast has come a long way in recovery and rebuilding efforts. While this tragedy will never be forgotten, the affected areas are largely back to pre-Katrina states, or better.

In remembrance of this U.S. tragedy, President Obama will visit New Orleans on Sunday, Aug. 29, the day the hurricane hit land. To see the activities that are planned and news as it breaks, visit the PRNewswire site dedicated to the anniversary news.

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