Hurricane Katrina, one year later

hurricane katrina, one year later

On August 29, 2005, hurricane Katrina crashed into the Gulf Coast, leaving a swath of death and destruction in its wake. And now, a year later, many people are still feeling Katrina’s aftermath.

On the anniversary of hurricane Katrina, Science Buzz features a variety of links and resources.

Tell us your stories! Have you lived through a natural disaster—a hurricane, tornado, flood, or earthquake? Tell us about it, and how it affected your life. Hurricane Katrina survivors, we especially want to hear from you!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

About the scaredest I've been in a storm was when I lived in my flat-roofed basement house near Delano. A wicked storm was coming from the west. When it got really dark and windy I did not worry much. When the electricity went out I still figured no sweat, I'm in a basement. When I heard a sound like a very loud freight train right above me I figured maybe crawling under the kitchen table wouldn't hurt. When it was over I went outside to discover my huge basswood tree blew down about 30 ft. from the house. The staight line winds were near 100 mph and had a swath miles wide.
Como Park Mother's Day, 2004: Photo by Art Oglesby
Como Park Mother's Day, 2004: Photo by Art Oglesby

I now live at Como Park and was in the middle of the Mother's Day storm May 9, 2004. Across the street form my house, dozens of trees blew down. I was looking out an upstars window at the time because based on the TV coverage I had 10 minutes before it would hit. My wife was screaming what should we do but it was over already. The wind speed was about 80 mph. Some were oaks over a hundred years old. After about a week of clean up I took this panoramic shot of the remaining stumps


posted on Fri, 09/01/2006 - 5:03pm
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Liza says:

Ha! I laughed when I read your story about the Mother's Day storm, Art, because I remember that one, too.

My husband and I got our then 10-month-old to sleep, and then sacked out on the couch for a nap ourselves. An ENORMOUS tree came down in our yard, just feet from the house. And not only did we not get up to look ("I'm sure it's just Phoebe throwing her bottle out of her crib, sweetheart..."), but I actually looked out the window an hour or so later and didn't notice!

posted on Fri, 09/01/2006 - 7:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

very interesting information

posted on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 12:09pm
Elizabeth's picture
Elizabeth says:

I wish you all good luck with geting your life back in order and You all are in my prayes

posted on Sat, 10/14/2006 - 2:45pm
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Anonymous says:

hi very interesting

posted on Fri, 11/03/2006 - 10:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Amazing photos of the animals and plants! Keep up the great pictures!

posted on Fri, 11/24/2006 - 9:00pm
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Tracy says:

This is a G-R-E-A-T article! =]

posted on Sun, 01/07/2007 - 11:05am
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Briana says:

I feel horrible for those who have gone through natural disasters. I hope you all make it through them.Best wishes!

posted on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 1:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why are there so many nautural diasters?

posted on Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:53am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have family that lives down in Florida and when i heard about the storm it scared me to death i thought what if something happens to them and i never see them again well now one of my relitives is living up here with me so i'm ok now!!!

posted on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 2:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that must have been one of the bigest storms i have ever seen!!!

posted on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 2:29pm
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Nicole says:

When you were getting everybody out of there, did you send out any airplanes?

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 4:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 3:37pm
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Nicole & Capri says:

This is sad.
Really sad.

Good luck getting everything back together!

posted on Mon, 03/26/2007 - 12:58pm
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Anonymous says:


posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 11:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

GOOK LUCK GETTING EVERYTHING BAck together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 11:19am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i feel bad about the storm

posted on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 9:55am
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posted on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 2:36pm
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Rosilicious says:

i fell sooooooo bad for all the people that were hurt by this storm i always here about this kind of stuff on t.v.,but i am glad that none of this has every happened to me.

posted on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 7:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Sat, 06/09/2007 - 11:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

very interesting!!!!

posted on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 12:10pm
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CK says:

Some of the things that have happened because of Katrina have definitely opened the eyes of the Americans; however, I believe that the relief efforts towards this storm could have been more efficient. God bless :]

posted on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 12:12pm
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Abby says:

when i saw huricane on the bayou i was so sad.when it happened when i had no idea that so many people were dying at that very second! i never thought it was very important but... now i understand.

posted on Tue, 06/26/2007 - 12:48pm
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Arora says:

I went through Hurricane Charlie. I was on vacation at florida visiting Disney World. I am from Ca though.

posted on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 11:09am
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person says:

I like studing hurricanes!

posted on Sun, 07/15/2007 - 5:24pm
Abby's picture
Abby says:

exciting in a bad way... ) :

posted on Fri, 07/20/2007 - 12:36pm
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Ashley Lankard says:

whoah. thats BAD!!!!


posted on Thu, 07/26/2007 - 11:01am
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miley says:

`I think it was devistating . scence I was there so were my friends.

posted on Tue, 07/31/2007 - 2:27pm
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Anonymous says:


posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 5:05pm
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becca says:

Hi i was actually there when katrenia was going on and belive me boy was it scary and yea the information help my unerstand more on hurricans so thatks and bye....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 12:55pm
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carilone samuals says:

what's up! that was a sad time. :( but let's not think about it, let's think about how many people got saved! yea! and animals! bye!

posted on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 9:59am
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Andrew says:

My aunt and uncle were kayaking down the Mississippi River from St. Paul, and were in Baton Rouge when Hurricaine Katrina hit. A barge that was going upriver backed up and told them to get off the river and head north, away from New Orleans. Katrina did a lot of damage.

posted on Sat, 09/29/2007 - 4:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i was in florida when hurricane wilma hit and there werent hard winds but they were pretty hard and that ws smaller than katrina so i can just try to think about what it would be like

posted on Mon, 02/18/2008 - 5:37pm
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Anonymous says:


posted on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 8:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think they should invent a michine to stop hurricanes and tornatos

posted on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 11:38am
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Maddie says:

That was realy sad but they have hope

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 9:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

my brother was in missisippi serving in the navy when he had to evacuate and come back.

posted on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 11:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i hated the huricane. i was so sad

posted on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 12:34pm
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Chester the Cheetah says:

hi, was anyone here in the hurricane?

posted on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 1:25pm
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The "Bizzare" Creator says:

The world will always have hurricanes; it's a part of nature. It can be sad, but some hurricanes where made worse by humans. Sad, huh?

posted on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 1:28pm
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Anonymous says:

Most people that hear about hurricane katrina only say that it was sad. They never do anything about it. Those people have lost their homes their family and their jobs. The only thing we lost is that bunny rabbit we had since we were two that lives under our bed.We teens should be doing something to try to make the teens living thier freel cared about.We are the ones who know what is like to feel alone. We should try to make others feel liked and loved.

posted on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 10:31am
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goog says:

this was a very tragic day in the usa however, the people who created the damn dam realized that neworleans was sitting in an empty pool and there should have been a water pumping system for this type of emergency.

posted on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 3:52pm
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Anonymous says:


posted on Sat, 06/14/2008 - 11:55am
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EMILEA says:


posted on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 1:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i hope all those people r o.k.... it must of been really scary 2 be in the hurricane...

posted on Sun, 07/13/2008 - 4:08pm
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Anonymous says:


posted on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 12:00pm
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EMG says:


posted on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 12:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I was just down in new orleans on a missions trip with my chruch and you can still see the damage from katrina. some houses are still left from after the hurricane and need to be gutted. we went to the ninth ward and there are barely any houses. it was so sad to see that where people once lived there is nothing. new orleans still needs help to fix the problems left by the hurricane but i want to thank the people that have helped. GOD BLESS!

posted on Fri, 08/01/2008 - 9:03am
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Laura Lehman says:

it was very sad and I hope it dosnt happen again

posted on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 9:36am

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