august 29 2005

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Every artifact in our collection has a unique story from World War II and beyond. This ecru-colored silk peignoir, once a parachute for the US Army, has withstood a world war, a marriage, a precocious child, and Hurricane Katrina before entering the Museum’s collection in 2008.

Using parachute silk brought back from the war, a Syrian immigrant crafted this peignoir for her daughter who waited to marry her sweetheart until after the war because she refused the prospects of being a war widow.

Surviving a new life as a garment, this peignoir was beloved by its wearer and used for joyous dress up games by her child. During this time it sustained red lipstick stains and signs of wear.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s high winds and waters destroyed the home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi where the garment was being stored. It was found buried beneath a thick layer of dried, rust-colored mud where the home had stood.

Following the storm, this peignoir was cleaned up and given to the Museum’s collection to honor its maker Menna Abdelnour Lutife and to serve as a testament to the strength of the parachute silk used in World War II. This fabric safely landed our troops from the skies, survived the wears and tears of fashion, and weathered destruction of a hurricane. With its beauty and stains, it tells a story of war, love, and survival.

Gift of Patricia Saik, from the Collection of The National WWII Museum.

August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing an estimated 1,836 people and causing over $108 billion in damage.

It was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. The storm is currently ranked as the third most intense United States landfalling tropical cyclone, behind only the 1935 Labor Day hurricane and Hurricane Camille in 1969.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina

Photo:  GOES 12 Satellite, NASA, NOAA

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Katrina, 10 Years Later | Via

A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina triggered floods that inundated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people were killed as storm waters overwhelmed levees and broke through flood walls on August 29, 2005. Today, much of the city appears to have found its rhythm again, although some neighborhoods, such as the Lower Ninth Ward, remain works in progress. A number of photographers recently returned to the area to document the way things look today, including Reuters photographer Carlos Barria, who covered the disaster in 2005. Barria visited many of the same locations he originally photographed in order show the difference 10 years have made.

10 years ago today..

I made 12 a month before

I started 7th grade and my sister started her senior year

Everyone was looking forward to the Jamboree

I had to get my great grandmother out of her home. We had to persuade her.

I cried during 13 hours of traffic because I didn’t want to leave my dad 

My family evacuated to Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana

My older cousin opened his house to 20 other family members

Once the news came on that morning.. My heart sunk

In my mind.. Everything was gone.. Friends, Family, Memories..Gone

My mom banned us from watching the news because she seen us crying everyday

A month after..My mom had to enroll us in school

Both me and my sister school was down the street from each other

Once we were enrolled.. We had no money.. They had to give us uniforms from Lost and Found.

I never saw my mom cry that hard. Thats when I knew we were at our lowest point. 

On my first day.. I was welcome with open arms but still looked down upon..

2 months after I started.. I fought someone because they called me a “refugee

In our history class..We had to watch the news everyday, I walked out.. I didn’t wanna see bodies floating, cars under water, people suffering..

I had to go to counseling from what I’ve seen..

After August 29, 2005.. I had to grow up right there and pick up where I left off.

We found a apartment

The Ford Dealership gave us a SUV

We were given numerous gifts, blankets, clothes, food..

November came.. I was coming home from school, my mom told me to open the trunk of our truck. It was my dad.

Thats when I knew there was a glimmer of good out of this situation 

My grandma went back home to start cleaning her house

December we left Shreveport.. 

What people don’t understand is that we still suffer from PTSD

We have bad memories still floating in our mind

After that, I knew my city wouldn’t be the same, I wouldn’t be the same but there was no place like home. 

Im still standing strong..

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Remembering Hurricane Katrina

Many Americans living along the Gulf Coast do not need an anniversary to reflect upon Hurricane Katrina.  The natural disaster caused overwhelming hardship for thousands, irreparably damaging houses, businesses and entire cities.  Katrina left a legacy that they will never forget.

Yet for some, the ten years since the hurricane has blunted Katrina’s gravity.  While we may know that the hurricane was one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, it is hard to put that into perspective.  Memories of the event are largely a blurred hodgepodge of political criticism, stories of survival, and the ever-ongoing recovery effort.

The images of Katrina reflect the power of photography.  A camera, whether manned by a government photographer or casual bystander, captures a moment in time.  At the National Archives, our goal is to preserve these moments.  We preserve photos so generations to come will be able to look back on events like Hurricane Katrina and understand its impact on American lives.

Ten years removed, the photos remind us of two things. First, is the unprecedented impact of the hurricane.  Images of overturned boats, demolished houses, and shattered windows remind us (for those that need reminding) of the magnitude of the storm.  Yet also, and perhaps more importantly, we are reminded of the way our nation came together in the aftermath of Katrina.  In these photos, the bravery of rescue workers, volunteers, fire fighters, and ordinary people shines through.  Faced with crisis, Americans united to help one another.

The photos above come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  In the weeks following the hurricane, FEMA photographers documented the physical and social impact of the storm.  These photos, and others related to Hurricane Katrina, can be found in the National Archives Catalog.

For more historical background on the levee system and flood control along the Gulf of Mexico check out the recent blog post, Taming the Mississippi.

via Remembering Hurricane Katrina (Photos) | The Unwritten Record

Hurricane Katrina - August 29, 2005

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, August 29, 2005 – The breach in the 17th Street canal levee causing flooding in the city following Hurricane Katrina. Photographed at 6:43 PM. Marty Bahamonde/FEMA, 8/29/2005

Series: Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials, 1998 - 9/28/2012
Record Group 311: Records of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1956 - 2008 

Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall in the United States on August 29, 2005, striking Louisiana and neighboring states as a Category 3 hurricane.  It devastated the city of New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast region, causing over $100 billion dollars in damages and was responsible for an estimated 1,800 deaths.  It ranks as the costliest natural disaster, and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.

More at Remembering Katrina and browse the over 3,400 photos taken by FEMA in the aftermath in Hurricane Katrina in the National Archives Catalog.

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We are all on storm watch. Forever.

Hurricane Katrina makes landfall, August 29, 2005

Keesler Air Force Base, MS, August 29, 2005 – Rising floodwaters swallow parked cars on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., Aug. 29, 2005, as Hurricane Katrina hits the region. The base and the 6,000 sheltered military students, permanent parties, civilians and their families survived the Category 4 hurricane with no casualties, although the damage to base infrastructure was catastrophic. (U.S. Air Force photo) (Released), 8/29/2005

Series: Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials, 1998 - 9/28/2012
Record Group 311: Records of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1956 - 2008

Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall in the United States on August 29, 2005, striking Louisiana and neighboring states as a Category 3 hurricane.  It devastated the city of New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast region, causing over $100 billion dollars in damages and was responsible for an estimated 1,800 deaths.  It ranks as the costliest natural disaster, and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.

More at Remembering Katrina and browse the over 3,400 photos taken by FEMA in the aftermath in Hurricane Katrina in the National Archives Catalog.