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Storm That Drowned a City

Experts and eyewitnesses reconstruct the devastating floods that Hurricane Katrina unleashed on New Orleans.

Premiered: Runtime: 52:31Topic: Planet EarthPlanet EarthNova

In less than 12 hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana coast, leading to more than a thousand deaths and transforming a city of over one million into an uninhabitable swamp. NOVA investigates the science of Hurricane Katrina, combining a penetrating analysis of what went wrong with a dramatic, minute-by-minute unfolding of events told through eyewitness testimony. What made this storm so deadly? Will powerful hurricanes like Katrina strike more often? How accurately did scientists predict its impact, and why did the levees protecting New Orleans fail?

In addition to the Editors' Picks features at left, you can see how Italy, the Netherlands, and other countries are Flood Proofing Cities. Learn more about the Big Easy's 300-Year Struggle, and examine a chronology of How New Orleans Flooded.

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