On August 29th, 2005, it had already been raining heavily in the early morning hours before Hurricane Katrina landed in New Orleans.
The unreliable levees and drainage canals were quickly overwhelmed by the sweeping water.
People Scrambled to rooftops as low laying areas flooded. Nearly 80% of the city was under water.
The Coast Guard stepped into action quickly, rescuing around 34,000 individuals. Citizens commandeered boats, and offered food and shelter when they could.
While the Superdome sports stadium was offered as a shelter, it was already strapped for supplies. People were desperate for food and water. Those who were poor had no way to leave the city.
Local, State, and Federal governments were chastised for their poor response to Hurricane Katrina, but the disorganization initiated a series of reforms. One of them was to requires all levels of government to train on coordinated plans of disaster response. FEMA began to pay out preparedness grants, and the USACE built a new network of levees and floodwalls in New Orleans.