RJ 150: Reflecting on Hurricane Katrina as Houston recovers from Harvey

RJ 150: Reflecting on Hurricane Katrina as Houston recovers from Harvey

Record-Journal


Looking at media coverage of the greater Houston area, it’s hard not to recall the public response to New Orleans residents 12 years ago when Hurricane Katrina decimated the region.

On Aug. 29, 2005, Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane, causing widespread damage to the gulf coast area of Louisiana.

New Orleans, mostly below sea level, is protected by a series of levee walls that failed during the storm. Parts of the city remained covered in water for weeks. The storm killed more than 1,800 and caused more than $151 billion in damage, according to the Associated Press.

As the nation watched the destruction unfold, many began looking for ways to help. The front page of the Sept. 1, 2005 edition of the Record-Journal included updates on the situation in New Orleans along with a list of ways to help. Connecticut set up six state armories as collection centers for donations. In the ensuing days and weeks, residents came together to hold various fundraisers, including concerts and a hair clip-a-thon to support victims of Katrina.


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