Memories come back on the anniversary of Katrina twelve years ago

Jim Hanzo
August 29, 2017 - 9:05 am

Twelve years ago today Hurricane Katrina as a category 3 storm, slammed into Louisiana.

A lot of anxiety and many bad memories are coming back according to Mayor Mitch Landrieu who told WWL First News, given the situation with Harvey.  

"We lost a lot of our family members in that event and a lot of things just got hurt and the rest of the week's going to be somewhat tough, so just reach out to your neighbor and just understand that everyone's going to be in a sensitive spot this week," Landrieu said.  

And now folks in Louisiana are reliving it again. 

"It's doesn't take long to remember where you were that Saturday morning when everybody started trying to evacuate, or where you might have gotten stuck or where you eventually ended up," Landrieu said.  " A lot of our folks went over there, they opened up their schools to us so I just want to make sure that we reach out to them."      

For many, today brings back some tough memories, said Councilmen at large, Jason Williams.  

"I think everybody in New Orleans knows that your heart beats a little bit faster, your palms a little bit sweatier, and all of the devastation that we've recently seen on our TVs and in the paper with our neighbors in Houston has only exacerbated that," Williams said.   

Below is a release sent out by Mayor Mitch Landrieu on the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina ...


Mayor Landrieu Releases Statement on 12th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina 

NEW ORLEANS — Today, Mayor Landrieu released the following statement on the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:
 “Today marks the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a flood that changed the lives of every New Orleanian forever,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We lost 1,800 fellow Americans, and the devastation we experienced was great. But in the wake of that tragedy, we witnessed unbelievable acts of heroism and compassion from across this great country and the world. No city welcomed more New Orleanians following Katrina than Houston, and our hearts break for them as Hurricane Harvey displaces so many of their citizens. As they and others around the world were our refuge in a time of trouble, we will observe this somber anniversary by praying for our fellow Americans who are in need, and we will do all we can to help them stand back up. Over the past 12 years, we have fought every day to rebuild New Orleans not as she was, but better and stronger than before. Today, we are a resilient city with greater resolve, but we remain vigilant in the face of another threatening storm. While this is a somber day for New Orleanians, the determination and spirit of our people gives us great hope for the future.”

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