Hurricane Katrina: Six Year Anniversary

This is what hurricane damage looks like to most people: a tree toppled on a house. After hurricane Irene hit the East Coast this weekend, photos like this one are everywhere.

But this tree and this house were casualties of another storm: Katrina. Six years ago today, on Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall as Category 3 storm on the Gulf Coast.

The “X” marks on New Orleans’ houses became an iconic symbol of the cleanup efforts, with each quadrant representing a different piece of information, left by rescue crews and government organizations.

In statistics alone, Katrina was one of the worst disasters to befall the United States. More than 1,800 people died in the storm and as a result of the levee breaks in New Orleans. Property damage was estimated to be between $81 and $108 billion, according to NOAA. More than 1.2 million people along the Gulf Coast were under evacuation orders.

The Weather Channel reported 43 tornadoes. Storm surges across the Gulf ranged from 10 feet to 25 feet above average levels.

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