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Katrina 5 Years Later: Remembering the Storm

This weekend marks five years since Hurricane Katrina ripped into New Orleans, ravaging that city and others on the Gulf Coast. This month, both on-air and online, we’re reporting on how the city and the region are faring, for better and for worse.

As part of our coverage, we’re looking back at some of our reports over the last five years to help us consider what happened and how things stand now. Check The Rundown for posts on our coverage of rebuilding, housing, the levees and the role of arts and culture in the healing process.

When the storm hit New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, it struck a city ill-prepared for the challenges it was about to face.

On Aug. 30, 2005, the NewsHour reported on search and rescue efforts:

The next day, Aug. 31, 2005, this report focused on the crisis on the ground:


On Sept. 1, 2005, this report examined the ensuing exodus from New Orleans:

And less than a month after Katrina made landfall, President Bush’s promise to do “what it takes” to rebuild areas damaged by the hurricane sparked debate among officials, scholars and others about the government’s response — a sign of the political tensions that surrounded the crisis.

You can find more video reports from the NewsHour’s coverage of the immediate aftermath here and a full archive here.