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The storm surge caused approximately 23 breaches in the drainage canal and navigational canal levees and flood walls….Effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
|Category 3 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Hurricane Katrina near peak intensity|
|Highest winds||1-minute sustained: 125 mph (205 km/h)|
|Lowest pressure||920 mbar (hPa); 27.17 inHg|
|Fatalities||Up to 1,464 total|
Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau of the Louisiana National Guard, said that the number of people taking shelter in the Superdome rose to around 15,000–20,000 as search and rescue teams brought more people from areas hit hard by the flooding. The Superdome was built to withstand most natural catastrophes.
The storm displaced more than a million people in the Gulf Coast region. Many people returned home within days, but up to 600,000 households were still displaced a month later. At their peak, hurricane evacuee shelters housed 273,000 people and, later, FEMA trailers housed at least 114,000 households.
The state board that oversees Louisiana’s Superdome approved a contract Thursday for the first phase of a $450 million renovation of the 44-year-old New Orleans landmark that became a symbol of the city’s rebirth following Hurricane Katrina.
The Louisiana Superdome, once a mighty testament to architecture and ingenuity, became the biggest storm shelter in New Orleans the day before Katrina’s arrival Monday. About 16,000 people eventually settled in. Within two days, it had degenerated into unspeakable horror.
After Hurricane Katrina, around 100,000 people were trapped inside New Orleans, unable to escape for days. The evacuation plans for the city fell apart even before the storm hit, as NPR’s Laura Sullivan reports. LAURA SULLIVAN reporting:
Because of the threat of Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin issued a mandatory evacuation for the city of New Orleans. About 80 percent of the city evacuated, while 10,000 headed to the Superdome for shelter.
The Louisiana Superdome (which is now known as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) was used as a “shelter of last resort” for those in New Orleans unable to evacuate from the city when Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005.
Thornton and Mouton climbed into a Humvee and drove toward the New Orleans Convention Center, dodging debris and navigating through a little standing water down Poydras Street. They found the building in better shape than the Superdome – fewer windows were blown out and the building, unlike the Superdome, had a roof.