The storm season of 2005 turned out to be historical.
The costliest disaster in U.S. History affected the deep south and the city of New Orleans in particular.
Its name? Hurricane Katrina. Katrina claimed over 1,800 lives and over $100 billion dollars in property damage.
The city of New Orleans became 80% flooded nine years ago today on August 29, 2005, just six days after Katrina made its initial landfall.
What caused the massive flooding was the one of worst engineering failures in U.S. History, the levee system put in place by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Katrina had residents using home appliances and other items to stay above water as if they were lifeboats from the Titanic wreckage in the North Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Katrina also had residents dying from starvation and exhaustion among other things.
In a city that produced rappers Lil Wayne, B.G., Birdman, Lil Boosie and Curren$y to name a few, it wad a fellow artist and non-NOLA resident, Kanye West that spoke little but garnered tons of attention.
Just one comment. A nationally televised comment during the concert for a Hurricane Relief effort. . .
"George Bush doesn't care about black people."
Kanye West had a point. Though it conveyed that George Bush was simply a racist.
As said, 93% of the New Orleans residents killed by Hurricane Katrina were African-American, no shade to anyone of another ethnic background that was fatally affected by this disaster.
What sparked the comment was Bush's and other politician's failure to provide timely aid to residents. It took days-to-weeks. This resulted in the resignation of then director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown. The people who oversaw residents' sheltering in the Superdome were also criticized for their treatment of storm survivors.
The government was heavily unprepared.
But now, some nine years later, New Orleans smaller but re-growing. It's bouncing back. Forward motion with the rebuilding effort is what I'm wishing upon the city.