Hurricane Katrina anniversary week
This week marks the 14th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast.
Referred to as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the country, Katrina caused the state $30 billion in damages. Biloxi experienced the brunt of those damages, including 12 feet of flood waters throughout South Biloxi.
Cecilia Dobbs-Walton with the City of Biloxi tells News 25 that it is important to remember the devastation of Katrina, as it should serve as a reminder just how dangerous hurricanes can be. “When we have a hurricane, you know, you think a hurricane is on the Gulf, a lot of people will think it’s never going to happen to me. We hold anniversaries and we hope that remembering events and reminders to let the residents know how devastating a storm can be.”
The 170 Coast residents who lost their lives are remembered at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial in Biloxi at the town green, which was dedicated in February 2006.