MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST, Miss. (WCBI) – It ranks as the costliest natural disaster in American History. Friday August 29th marks the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The storm made landfall first in Louisiana where it damaged the levee system around New Orleans and caused major flooding, damage, and loss of life in the city.
The most catastrophic damage came after the storm came ashore on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with winds over 120 miles an hour and a storm surge measured at 27 feet.
Katrina caused billions of dollars in damage and left more than 18 hundred people dead in its wake, including 238 on the Mississippi Coast. It displaced many thousands more.
This weekend Memorial services in New Orleans and along the Coast will mark the anniversary.