At the southernmost tip of Louisiana, Plaquemines Parish endured the full brunt of Hurricane Katrina when the storm came ashore along its coast, marking the first chapter of what would become the worst natural disaster in American history. Still, the unwelcomed visitor was unaware of Plaquemines’ own history – one of courageousness, willpower and longevity in the face of natural calamities. Similar to its resilient past, the Plaquemines’ community did not concede to the hardships it was dealt, but instead opted to boldly shape its own future – transforming its account of Katrina from a saga of devastation to a legacy of hope and permanence.
Eight years following Katrina’s landfall, Plaquemines Parish is thriving, looking forward to completing its recovery from Katrina and Rita. To date, FEMA has provided nearly $793.3 million in funding to rebuild or repair projects throughout the parish. Browse through the photos below to gain a visual idea of Plaquemines’ growth and progress.