Hurricane Katrina


10 years on, New Orleans and several other communities across the south continue to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina --- volunteers from all over the world came together to help rebuild --- including several from the Capital Region.

  After seven years of service as the president of Tulane University, Scott Cowen watched the devastation of his beloved New Orleans at the hands of Hurricane Katrina.

When federal, state, and city officials couldn't find their way to decisive action, Cowen, known for his gutsy leadership, quickly partnered with a coalition of civic, business, and nonprofit leaders looking to work around the old institutions to revitalize and transform New Orleans.

American Red Cross

A national disaster preparedness program is coming to western Massachusetts to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The Pillowcase Project, inspired by the sight of  Katrina evacuees carrying their belongings in pillowcases, is offered in elementary schools and after-school programs.  Mary Nathan of the western Massachusetts Chapter of the Red Cross said 3rd - 5th graders lean about hazards, how to prepare for emergencies, and coping skills.

Program participants are given pillowcases they can decorate and personalize and use to hold to emergency supplies.

Hurricane Katrina’s damaging winds and rain hit New Orleans and the surrounding area 10 years ago this week. The storm and subsequent flooding killed more than 1,800 people and destroyed homes and businesses, causing $108 billion in damage. Like many parts of the country, people from western Massachusetts responded in the weeks, months and years that followed.

    Inspired by David Simon's award-winning HBO series Treme, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans by Lolis Eric Elie, is a celebration of the culinary spirit of post-Katrina New Orleans features recipes and tributes from the characters, real and fictional, who highlight the Crescent City's rich foodways.

Steve Wilson / Flickr

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans has celebrated plenty of milestones on its slow road to recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but arguably none is bigger than hosting its first Super Bowl since the 2005 storm left the city in shambles.

To see the remnants of Katrina's destruction, fans coming to town for Sunday's game will have to stray from the French Quarter and the downtown corridor where the Superdome is located. Even in the neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the storm, many of the most glaring scars have faded over time.