Hurricane Katrina Hit 11 Years Ago Today, Here’s 11 Facts You Did Not Know

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.

  1. It took only five days for Katrina to move from Tropical Depression to a Category 5 Hurricane. Winds clocked up to 175 mph.
  2. Katrina was the largest size storm toever hit the US.  It was the 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall.
  3. Before the storm, 1.3 million people evacuated southeast Louisiana, making it the largest evacuation in US history.
  4. The population of New Orleans lost 254,502 people, dropping to 230,172.
  5. Hurricane Katrina Hit the coast of Florida before making landfall in New Orleans.
  6. 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.
  7.  Roughly 80% of New Orleans was underwater.
  8. The Army Corps of Engineers, stated the levees did not fail because of the storm, but because of defective, faulty design.
  9. The storm was felt all the way in Quebec, Canada impacting about 90,000 square miles.
  10. 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.
  11. Over 70 countries pledged aide after the hurricane. Kuwait made the largestdonation of $500 million.

Where were you when Katrina hit?

NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29:  People come out of their homes to a flooded street after Hurricane Katrina hit the area with heavy wind and rain August 29, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina was down graded to a category 4 storm as it approached New Orleans.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS – AUGUST 29: People come out of their homes to a flooded street after Hurricane Katrina hit the area with heavy wind and rain August 29, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina was down graded to a category 4 storm as it approached New Orleans. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29:  Pedestrians walk through the damaged French Quarter after Hurricane Katrina hit the city August 29, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The storm missed hitting New Orleans directly, but caused massive damage all the same, flooding city streets and battering the roof of the city's Superdome stadium.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS – AUGUST 29: Pedestrians walk through the damaged French Quarter after Hurricane Katrina hit the city August 29, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The storm missed hitting New Orleans directly, but caused massive damage all the same, flooding city streets and battering the roof of the city’s Superdome stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 22:  A damaged home is seen in the Lower Ninth Ward on February 22, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The hurricane ravaged Ninth Ward is still mostly without power and a majority of the homes are uninhabitable as the city begins celebrating Mardi Gras.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS – FEBRUARY 22: A damaged home is seen in the Lower Ninth Ward on February 22, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The hurricane ravaged Ninth Ward is still mostly without power and a majority of the homes are uninhabitable as the city begins celebrating Mardi Gras. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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