I cannot believe it’s been 11 years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and changed the landscape of the city forever. Here are 11 facts that you most likely forgot about this epic storm.
- It took only five days for Katrina to move from Tropical Depression to a Category 5 Hurricane. Winds clocked up to 175 mph.
- Katrina was the largest size storm toever hit the US. It was the 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall.
- Before the storm, 1.3 million people evacuated southeast Louisiana, making it the largest evacuation in US history.
- The population of New Orleans lost 254,502 people, dropping to 230,172.
- Hurricane Katrina Hit the coast of Florida before making landfall in New Orleans.
- The final death toll was 1,836. Nearly half of the people who died in Louisiana were aged 74 and older and 700 people are still reported missing.
- Roughly 80% of New Orleans was underwater.
- The Army Corps of Engineers, stated the levees did not fail because of the storm, but because of defective, faulty design.
- The storm was felt all the way in Quebec, Canada impacting about 90,000 square miles.
- As many as 15 million people were affected by Katrina and it cost over $100 billion in property damage and $150 in damage to the economy. Hundreds of thousands say they are still unemployed from the storm.
- Over 70 countries pledged aide after the hurricane. Kuwait made the largestdonation of $500 million.
Where were you when Katrina hit?