Remembering Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Eight Years Later - Orleans Parish

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In the days following Aug. 29, 2005, Orleans Parish became the public face of Katrina’s wrath. While the storm’s impact reached beyond the Crescent City, media coverage during Katrina’s initial weeks focused on the stories of heartbreak and destruction within the “Big Easy.” While those early images painted a grim picture of the future of Orleans, the scene eight years later offers new pictures – ones that illustrate progress and innovation.

Contributing to the new landscape are accomplishments in schools, libraries, public infrastructure, healthcare, recreation facilities and public safety and transportation. To date, FEMA has provided more than $6.65 billion in funding to rebuild or repair projects throughout Orleans Parish. Below is a sampling of pictures highlighting the diversity of the projects accomplished in the past eight years.

Recovery Photos

City ParkNew Orleans, La., Aug. 1, 2013 -- To date, the Federal Emergency Management Agency provided $5.9 million to the City Park Improvement Association and $16.7 million to the State of Louisiana's Facility Planning and Control for repairs to New Orleans’ City Park. Manuel Broussard/FEMA. Sewerage Treatment PlantNew Orleans, La., Feb. 2, 2008 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated more than $89 million in funding for repairs to New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board’s Eastbank Sewerage treatment facility. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

Holy Cross High SchoolNew Orleans, La., March 16, 2010 -- Hurricane Katrina inundated Holy Cross School with 5 to 10 feet of water, destroying every building. The school was originally located in New Orleans Lower 9th Ward, but relocated to the Gentilly neighborhood after Katrina. Lillie Long/FEMA. LSU Health Sciences CenterNew Orleans, La., Aug. 24, 2010 -- FEMA provided $99.7 million to the State of Louisiana’s Facility Planning and Control and $87.4 million to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center for damages to the LSU Health Sciences Center. Patsy Lynch/FEMA

New Orleans East Regional LibraryNew Orleans, La., March 1, 2012 -- The New Orleans East Regional Library is a steel-framed, one-story, cast-in-place concrete walled building that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. FEMA contributed $4.3 million of the $7.6 million total cost spent by the city to rebuild the library. Manuel Broussard/FEMA Lyons Community CenterNew Orleans, La., July 24, 2013 -- Lyons Community Center provides local youth with recreation and education opportunities through a variety of structured programs. FEMA Public Assistance provided $2.23 million towards the restoration of the facility, which suffered significant damage during Hurricane Katrina. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA.

Jackson BarracksNew Orleans, La., June 21, 2011 -- Jackson Barracks, located in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, is the headquarters of the Louisiana National Guard. The historic Jackson Barracks suffered damages during Hurricane Katrina. FEMA has since provided $114.4 million to the State of Louisiana'’s Facility Planning and Control and $27.6 million to the Military Dept. of the State of Louisiana for repairs to the facility. Lillie Long/FEMA 7th District Police StationNew Orleans, La., Feb. 7, 2012 -- The City of New Orleans celebrated the opening of the new 7th District Police Station with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Chief Ronal Serpas, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent recognized the significance of the new facility and its importance to law enforcement in New Orleans East. FEMA has provided $3.3 million in Public Assistance funding for the elevated police station. Ryan Mast /FEMA

Oliver Bush PlaygroundNew Orleans, La., July 17, 2013 -- FEMA provided $1.3 million in funding to the city of New Orleans for the repairs of the Oliver Bush Playground, located in New Orleans’ lower Ninth Ward, damaged as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Work included restoration of a softball field, restoration of four tennis courts, replacement of the basketball pavilion, restoration of the site bathrooms, and replacement of site sidewalks. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) StreetcarNew Orleans, La., Sep. 21, 2009 -- During Hurricane Katrina, the green and red streetcars were stored in two different barns. The vintage green streetcars rode out the storm in their old Carrollton barn, which did not flood. However, the newer red streetcars sustained almost 60 inches of floodwater in the Canal Street facility where they were stored. FEMA provided $24 million to repair and replace the damaged streetcars. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

Rosa F. Keller LibraryNew Orleans, La., March 7, 2012 -- FEMA has provided approximately $3.37 million to restore and rebuild the historic Rosa F. Keller Library following Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Melissa Ory/FEMA New Orleans Regional Transit AuthorityNew Orleans, La., March 31, 2010 -- The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Headquarters was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. FEMA provided $326,484 to assist with rebuilding the facility. Lillie Long/FEMA.

St. Paul’'s Episcopal SchoolNew Orleans, La., March 26, 2009 -- St. Paul’s Episcopal School held a grand opening of their new lower school building. FEMA Public Assistance funded the $1.9 million state-of-the-art facility, which replaces three structures that were heavily damaged from flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Ryan Mast/FEMA Orleans Parish Sheriff’'s OfficeNew Orleans, La., July 17, 2013 -- FEMA has worked closely with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office to help fund the replacement/consolidation of the kitchen warehouse. The new facility will house the new warehouse and main kitchen facility as well as a central plant to support other buildings in the criminal justice complex. Lillie Long/FEMA

St. Roch ParkNew Orleans, La., July 17, 2013 -- St. Roch Park was devastated by Hurricane Katrina’'s winds and floodwaters. FEMA provided nearly $700,000 to the city of New Orleans for repairs to the park, pool and neutral ground lighting . Gioan Nguyen/ FEMA St. Peter Claver SchoolNew Orleans, La., July 17, 2013 -- Archdiocese of New Orleans utilized an alternate project funding option to consolidate funding from 29 “donor” projects to construct five Central Schools, including St. Peter Claver School. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

St. Joseph Academic and Health Resource CenterNew Orleans, La., Jan. 26, 2012 -- The St. Joseph Academic and Health Resource Center on the Xavier University campus houses state-of-the-art writing, math and reading labs as well as a counseling center, health services, career services, research center and health facilities. FEMA has obligated $6.4 million for this Alternate Project. Manuel Broussard/FEMA.

Tremé Community CenterNew Orleans, La., July 18, 2013 -- Local, state and federal officials joined members of the New Orleans community to celebrate the reopening of Tremé Community Center. FEMA funded nearly $400,000 in repairs for the facility that suffered damage from wind and rain during Hurricane Katrina. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA


Pan American StadiumNew Orleans, La., July 17, 2013 -- Pan American Stadium, located in New Orleans’ City Park, flooded with 5 feet of water for approx. 30 days following Hurricane Katrina. FEMA obligated more than $472,000 for repairs at the Pan American Stadium, such as lighting, fencing, press box, ticket booth, concession stands, locker rooms, restroom facilities, scoreboard, and electrical system. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA. Greater Gentilly High SchoolNew Orleans, La., Dec. 14, 2008 -- Greater Gentilly High School, housed in the new Lake Area School, took the place of the Katrina-damaged Lake Area Middle School. Greater Gentilly High is part of the Recovery School District/Orleans Parish School Board Single Settlement Request alternate project, for which FEMA provided $1.8 billion to rebuild public schools throughout Orleans Parish. Lillie Long/FEMA

Arthur Ashe Elementary SchoolNew Orleans, La., Nov. 7, 2012 -- The Recovery School District constructed Arthur Ashe Elementary School at the previous site of Bienville School. The project consists of a two-story facility with classrooms, science labs, library/media center, computer labs, arts and music facilities, performance space, a commercial kitchen, cafeteria, gymnasium, office and student support services spaces. Lillie Long/FEMA Edward Hynes Elementary SchoolNew Orleans, La., Jan. 17, 2012 -- Hynes Elementary was rebuilt as a state-of-the-art school in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans following Katrina’s destruction. Hynes is part of the Recovery School District/Orleans Parish School Board Single Settlement Request alternate project, for which FEMA provided $1.8 billion to rebuild public schools throughout Orleans Parish. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA

Mary Coghill at Parkview Elementary SchoolNew Orleans, La., July 18, 2013 -- Fourteen out of 15 of the original buildings at Parkview Elementary School were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The site now house Mary Coghill at Parkview Elementary School, a state-of-the-art, 98,500-square-foot elementary school funded through the $1.8 billion Single Settlement Request. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA Wesley Barrow StadiumNew Orleans, La., Nov. 16, 2012 -- This is the newly renovated Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans East’'s Ponchartrain Park. FEMA obligated approximately $2 million for renovation work to the City of New Orleans for the stadium. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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