It will be many years before the sections of
Louisiana devastated in 2005 by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita recover, and
much will probably never be the same. We in Louisiana are deeply
grateful for the outpouring of support from across the country
and around the world, both the generous donations and the many
dedicated people who gave of themselves by coming to Louisiana to
provide direct help under difficult, challenging conditions.
Click here for a personal view of New Orleans on the run during
the Mardi Gras Marathon, Feb. 5, 2006. Among the many
books written about Katrina and New Orleans, you may want to
examine Jed Horne's Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and
the Near Death of a Great American City, published by Random
House. Less well covered but equally devastating to those
affected is the destruction caused by Hurricane Rita along the
coast in Southwest Louisiana. Coastal regions also
suffered once again from the onslaught of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
"Hurricane Gumbo," Evangeline Parish, and New Orleans in The
Click here for photos of the annual
benefit at El Sido's held November 16, 2005.
Below are links to pages posted in fall
2005 in the aftermath of the hurricanes.