Remembering Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Eight Years Later - St. Bernard Parish

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St. Bernard Parish

There is much to celebrate in St. Bernard Parish, as recovery growth shows continued progress and momentum. As the parish moves forward, its final destination will lead to one well-deserved place – the complete restoration of St. Bernard Parish, marking another victory for the historic community. Now, along with the prominent Chalmette Monument commemorating the Battle of New Orleans, these recovery projects also will serve as monuments that symbolize the parish’s triumph and rebirth since the devastating storms of 2005.

To date, FEMA has provided more than $1.8 billion in funding to rebuild or repair projects throughout the parish. Below is a photo essay of some of the highlights of St. Bernard’s recovery.

Recovery Photos

Emergency Communications CenterSt. Bernard Parish, La., June 29, 2008 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided over $1.7 million to replace the St. Bernard Parish 9-1-1 Communications Center. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA Chalmette High SchoolSt. Bernard Parish, La., Aug. 13, 2010 -- To date, almost $30.1 million has been funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Chalmette High School after Hurricane Katrina. Lillie Long/FEMA

Aycock BarnSt. Bernard Parish, La., May 17, 2013 -- Hurricane Katrina damaged Aycock Barn in St. Bernard Parish beyond repair, and it was deemed eligible for replacement. Previously a storage facility, the barn was converted to a family-friendly open air market with $2.2 million from FEMA. Arabi Elementary SchoolSt Bernard Parish, La., May 17, 2013 -- FEMA provided almost $3 million to replace Arabi Elementary School. FEMA provides public assistance funding and grants to rebuild public facilities and infrastructure destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

St. Bernard Courthouse SquareSt. Bernard Parish, La., July 24, 2013 -- To date, over $500,000 has been funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the St. Bernard Courthouse Square. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA Davies Elementary SchoolSt. Bernard Parish, La., Aug. 11, 2008 -- To date, almost $30.7 million has been funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Davies Elementary School after Hurricane Katrina. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

Gauthier Gym in St. Bernard ParishSt Bernard Parish, La., Sep. 21, 2008 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent more than $2.8 million to replace Gauthier Gym in St. Bernard Parish. The gym experienced over four feet of flooding and high winds which caused severe damage. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA Sheriff’'s Office AnnexSt Bernard Parish, La., July 24, 2013 -- To date, almost $5 million has been funded by FEMA for the Sheriff’s Office Annex. FEMA provides public assistance funding and grants to rebuild public facilities and infrastructure destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA

Port Harbor and Terminal District Administrative and Security ComplexSt. Bernard Parish, La., June 29, 2010 -- Located in St. Bernard Parish along the Mississippi River, the port district was inundated with flood and rainwater after Katrina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided more than $22.5 million for the administrative buildings deemed eligible for replacement. Lillie Long/FEMA St. Bernard Animal Control ShelterSt Bernard Parish, La., July 24, 2013 -- Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the original Animal Control facility in Chalmette. The building was submerged in water for two weeks after Hurricane Katrina and was deemed eligible for replacement. FEMA has spent more than $1 million to replace the facility.

St. Bernard 34th Judicial District CourthouseSt. Bernard Parish, La., July 24, 2013 -- The St. Bernard Parish 34th Judicial Courthouse historic structure that was built in 1939 suffered heavy damages as a result of high winds, storm surge and a rush of water from broken levees caused by Hurricane Katrina. FEMA has spent more than $20.7 million to repair the structure. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA St. Bernard Fire Station #1St Bernard Parish, La., July 24, 2013 -- St. Bernard Fire Station #1 was severely damaged after Hurricane Katrina pushed flood waters to the second floor of the station and was flooded a second time when Hurricane Rita hit less than a month later. FEMA has provided more than $396,729 to repair the facility. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA

St. Bernard Fire Station #7Violet, La., May 17, 2013 -- St. Bernard Fire Station #7 was severely damaged by Katrina'’s 15-foot storm surge that battered the fire station. The building was also hit by a tornado spawned by the hurricane. FEMA has provided over $2.6 million for the replacement of the facility. Lillie Long/FEMA St. Bernard Fred Sigur Civic Center Ballroom and AuditoriumChalmette, La., Oct. 6, 2010 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided over $13.3 million for the repair of the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center Ballroom and Auditorium after floodwaters from Katrina surged at over 11 feet above the finished first floor in the auditorium. Lillie Long/FEMA

Val Reiss ParkChalmette, La., January 15, 2011 -- Val Reiss Park is a 33-acre recreational complex that sustained an estimated 10 feet of flood water throughout the park as a result of levee breaks during Hurricane Katrina. The original facility consisted of four baseball fields, one football/soccer field, a remote control car track, a gazebo, two concession stands, a rental hall and on-site parking. FEMA has obligated almost $10.5 million for permanent work on the facility. FEMA/Manuel Broussard Chalmette Elementary SchoolSt. Bernard Parish, La., May 17, 2013 -- To date, almost $45.4 million has been funded by FEMA for Chalmette Elementary School after Hurricane Katrina. Lillie Long/FEMA

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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