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.