NEW ORLEANS, La. – On this day, eight years ago Hurricane Katrina roared ashore in Louisiana.
More than 1,800 people were killed in Katrina and the unbelievable flooding that followed, causing levees across the Gulf to fail.
The storm caused $81 billion in damage making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
It was also one of the five deadliest hurricanes on record.
To mark the eight-year anniversary, residents in New Orleans continue a two-day observance that includes documentary screenings and a photo exhibit.
Elected officials, community activists and religious leaders gathered Wednesday to urge rebuilding of the state’s coastline.
In Mississippi, they’re celebrating the grand opening of a Ground Zero hurricane museum.