Hurricane Katrina Memorial
More than two million cubic yards of debris were removed from cities along the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Katrina. Today marks the 12th anniversary of the disaster that shocked the nation.
As flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey continues to stir through Southeast Texas, community members on the Gulf Coast look back on the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and what has been called the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
At Waveland’s Ground Zero Hurricane Museum, Museum Director Linda Aiavolasiti will never forget that tragic time. “Everybody heard about New Orleans, nobody heard about Waveland, but this is where the eye passed. We aren’t called ground zero for nothing.”
Gulfport resident Missy Callahan remembers the horror that shocked the entire Coast. “When there’s no power anywhere, you can’t image how dark a place gets when there’s no electricity anywhere.”
Aiavolasiti and Callahan are just two out of millions of people affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that are now looking to pay it forward in the west. “We all know what they are going through. We went through the same thing. Our hearts, our prayers, everything we have goes out to the people in Houston,” said Aiavolasiti
“It’s not the end. Persevere, stand with friends and family and neighbors. Be strong, dry off, move forward, find shelter, and make sure everybody is ok because that’s all we have,” said Callahan.