This weekend marks the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster to occur in the United States in most of our lifetimes. I'm sure the images of the disaster and ensuing tragedy are still fresh in our minds and may still conjure up strong emotions about what happened in that situation and how things could (and should) have been handled much better.
The hurricane caused massive storm surge and wind damage in Coastal Mississippi and flooded most of New Orleans when levees broke. Katrina caused the deaths of over 1,800 people, caused over $80 billion in damage, and forever altered the Gulf Coast region, which still struggles to cope with the disaster and rebuild five years later.
There are a number of threads on Cyburbia discussing Katrina and its impact, but here is the primary one that discussed the storm and the ensuing tragedy as it unfolded:
Any thoughts, 5 years later? Do you remember where you were in late August/early September 2005 as the Katrina disaster unfolded? What are your memories from that period? What was your reaction then? What is your reaction now? Do you think we have learned anything and do you think America is prepared to better handle another disaster of similar epic proportions?