Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later

This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destructive path through New Orleans, killing nearly 2,000 people and uprooting thousands more. Rebuilding the beloved city after the most catastrophic hurricane in our country's history has been an incredible task, and all progress is a testament to the spirit of the Crescent City to overcome. Let's a look at NOLA, then and now.

ESSENCE.COM Aug, 21, 2015

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The perimeter of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana (L: 2015, R: 2005)

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A new high school is being built in the Lower Ninth Ward.

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The cemetery outside Saint Patrick's Church stands in Plaquemines Parish in Port Sulphur, Louisiana.  (From Top: 2015, 2005)

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A damaged home in an overgrown lot stands empty in the Lower Ninth Ward.

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The corner of Flood Street and St. Claude Avenue in the Lower Ninth Ward. (From Top: 2015, 2005)

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Construction workers from Honduras and Mexico work on new houses in the Lower Ninth Ward.

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The Lower Ninth Ward. (From Top: 2015, 2005)

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Esther Joseph sweeps in her flood damaged home which is still being rebuilt in the Lower Ninth Ward. She hopes to move into the house when completed by the end of the year. 

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The Claiborne Bridge in the Lower Ninth Ward. (From Top: 2015, 2005)

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People gather at a birthday party at a repaired house, which was once flooded, in the Lower Ninth Ward.

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The Marrero Commons housing development,  which is the former B.W. Cooper housing project, one of the city's largest. (From Top: 2015, 2005)

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A home which was flooded during Hurricane Katrina remains abandoned in the Lower Ninth Ward.

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Houses in the 7th Ward.

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Eugene Trufant stands in front of his new house in the Lower Ninth Ward, built in 2010 by Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation which builds sustainable homes for people in need.

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Parishioners gather during Sunday services in the rebuilt Christian Community Baptist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward. (From Top: 2015, 2005)

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Esther Joseph sweeps in her flood damaged home which is still being rebuilt in the Lower Ninth Ward.

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The Industrial Canal levee in the Lower Ninth Ward. (From Top: 2015, 2005)

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Students attend dance class at the Encore Academy charter school. More than 100 schools in the city were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans' decimated public school system was almost entirely revamped and now approximately 94 percent of city students attend independently run charter schools.

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New homes stand where lighting once struck in the Lower Ninth Ward. (From Top: 2015, 2005)

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French volunteers with lowernine.org help rebuild a home heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward. Residents continue to slowly return to the Lower Ninth Ward although much of the area remains uninhabited

 

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New homes stand in a development built by the Make it Right Foundation, an are that was destroyed in the Lower Ninth Ward. (From Top: 2015, 2005)

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A home in disrepair stands in the Treme neighborhood.

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Rubble remains at the forner B.W. Cooper housing projects. The low-income housing development has been replaced by two-story, townhouse-style buildings.

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Homes in the Lower Ninth Ward built by the Make It Right Foundation stand behind an empty lot.

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