It was ten years ago this Saturday that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeastern Louisiana.
With 127-mile-an-hour winds, it was the most powerful storm to hit the US in decades, and, ultimately, it was the costliest in American history. When the levees broke around New Orleans, about 80 percent of the city and its surrounding areas were flooded and in many neighborhoods, it was weeks before the waters receded. More than 1,800 people were killed in the storm and its aftermath, and more than 700 people died in New Orleans alone.
Here to talk about their experiences in Katrina, and the many lessons learned in the decade since are Daniel Aldrich(@DanielPAldrich), who had just moved to Louisiana from Boston in August of 2005 and is now back here, teaching political science and co-directing the Security and Resilience Studies Program at Northeastern University and Dante Ramos (@danteramos), who was working at the Times-Picayune when the storm hit and is now an op-ed columnist at The Boston Globe.