Ten Years After Katrina, Obama to Declare Rebirth in New Orleans

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Port of New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 8, 2013.


A decade after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, President Barack Obama will travel to the city and declare its recovery a success story.

The 2005 hurricane broke levees and flooded more than 80 percent of the city. More than 1,500 people died, and the storm caused as much as $150 billion in damage, according to a U.S. Senate report. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes.

Obama will travel to New Orleans on Aug. 27, the White House said Wednesday in an e-mailed statement. He’ll meet with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and local residents and review his administration’s efforts to help the city return to life.

Landrieu called New Orleans a “comeback city” in a speech on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, citing progress reducing crime and building affordable housing since the storm.

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