12 years later: Photos of Hurricane Katrina

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 05:27AM
James Smith wades past a storm damaged building after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 in Gulfport, Miss.. (Photo/JOHN BAZEMORE)
A vehicle makes its way through a flooded street from the overflowing Grande Lagoon in Pensacola, Fla., as Hurricane Katrina passes through the area, Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/ PETER COSGROVE)
The North side of the Hyatt hotel in New Orleans was shredded by 140mph winds when Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Louisiana coast on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. (Photo/DAVE MARTIN)
Jordan Hale, front, pulls kids in a canoe through a flooded mobile home park in Florida City, Fla., Friday, Aug. 26, 2005. (Photo/LUIS M. ALVAREZ)
Interstate-10 westbound out of New Orleans continues to be jammed with traffic as residents evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005. (AP Photo/ DAVE MARTIN)
Arnold James tries to keep his feet as a strong gust nearly blows him over as he tries to make his way on foot to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/ DAVE MARTIN)
A tattered U.S. Flag flies in the foreground of the Hyatt, in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, where dozens of windows were blown out when Hurricane Katrina made land fall. (Photo/ERIC GAY)
Jonathan Harvey wades through flood waters after rescuing his dog "Cuddles" from his flooded home after urricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in Gulfport, Miss.. (Photo/JOHN BAZEMORE)
Flooding takes place after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Monday Morning, Aug. 29, 2005. (Photo/ERIC GAY)
Dr. Alberto Hernandez exits his car after checking it for damage from a tree that Hurricane Katrina blew down near downtown Miami Friday, Aug. 26, 2005. (Photo/LUIS M. ALVAREZ)
The Mound Underpass on Interstate-10 is flooded near downtown New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, as Hurricane Katrina dumped torrential rain. (Photo/BILL HABER)
Waves crash against a boat washed onto Highway 90 as Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 in Gulfport, Miss. (AP Photo/ JOHN BAZEMORE)
New Orleans residents walk through chest deep floodwater after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Louisiana coast on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. (Photo/DAVE MARTIN)
Looters make their way into and out of a grocery store in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. (Photo/DAVE MARTIN)
A man walks past a shrimp boat Tuesday Aug. 30, 2005 in Bayou La Batre, Ala., that was blown up on the dock after Hurricane Katrina came through the area Monday. (Photo/ROB CARR)
Noe Morua pushes his bike past a flooded mobile home park in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Aug. 26, 2005. (AP Photo/ LUIS M. ALVAREZ)
A looter carries a bucket of beer out of a grocery store in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, as floodwaters continue to rise in New Orleans. (AP Photo/ DAVE MARTIN)
New Orleans residents walk through floodwaters that besiege the Crescent City on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. (AP Photo/ BILL HABER)
Rescue personnel search from victims as they traverse the New Orleans 8th Ward in the flooded city of New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. (Photo/DAVE MARTIN)
Hundreds of residents funnel into the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005. (Photo/DAVE MARTIN)
Floodwaters surround a car in uptown New Orleans early Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 as high winds and rain batter the LA coast as Hurricane Katrina makes landfall. (AP Photo/ DAVE MARTIN)
Houses in New Orleans 8th Ward are surrounded by water in the flooded city of New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. (Photo/DAVE MARTIN)
Residents wait atop a roof as floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina fill the streets of New Orleans Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. (Photo/DAVID J. PHILLIP)
Boats damaged by Hurricane Katrina are stacked on top of one another Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 in New Orleans. (Photo/DAVID J. PHILLIP)
Rhonda Braden walks through the destruction in her childhood neighborhood, Wednesday Aug. 31, 2005 in Long Beach, Miss. (Photo/ROB CARR)
August 29 marks the anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans.

The powerful hurricane hit Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005. It forced a storm surge that breached a system of levees built to protect New Orleans.

The storm would go on to cause significant damage to the Gulf Coast from Texas to central Florida. It would ravage New Orleans while displacing countless residents.

This year the anniversary comes just days after Hurricane Harvey became the strongest storm to hit Texas in decades, leaving behind historic flooding in Houston. See photos of the 2005 storm in the gallery above.
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