The devastation of Hurricane Katrina went from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Total death toll: 1,836 (1,577 in Louisiana) and 705 people are reported as STILL MISSING. Over $108 billion in damages.
A mini timeline of Katrina:
5:10 AM CT: Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall as a strong Category 3 hurricane near Buras-Triumph, Louisiana. Katrina also made landfall in St. Bernard parish and St. Tammany parish as a Category 3 hurricane for a total of three landfalls in Louisiana.
8:00 AM CT: In New Orleans, water was seen rising on both sides of the Industrial Canal.
8:14 AM CT (approximately): The New Orleans office of the National Weather Service issues a Flash Flood Warning for Orleans Parish and St Bernard Parish, citing a levee breach at the Industrial Canal. The NWS predicted 3-8 feet of water and advised people in the warning area to “move to higher ground immediately.”
9:00 AM CT: There was 6–8 feet of water in the Lower Ninth Ward.
10:00 AM CT: Hurricane Katrina made its 3rd landfall near Pearlington, Mississippi and Slidell, Louisiana.
10:00 AM CT: While at a Medicare event in El Mirage, Arizona, President Bush said, “I want to thank the governors of the affected regions for mobilizing assets prior to the arrival of the storm to help citizens avoid this devastating storm.”
11:00 AM CT: There was approximately 10 feet of water in St. Bernard Parish.Many rooftops could not be seen here as they were submerged. Therefore, there was much more than 10 feet of water in many places.
2:00 PM CT: New Orleans officials confirmed a breach of the 17th Street Canal levee. There was also confirmation of breaches at two other canals.
3:00 PM CT: New Orleans Homeland Security Director Terry Ebbertt stated that he was positive that there were casualties resulting from the storm, based on calls to emergency workers from people trapped in trees and homes. He said that, “Everybody who had a way or wanted to get out of the way of this storm was able to. For some that didn’t, it was their last night on this earth.”
The hardest-hit areas of the city were the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans East, Gentilly, Lakeview, St. Bernard parish, and Plaquemines parish.