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Hurricane Katrina

David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Twelve years ago, Atlanta became an unexpected home to thousands of people from Louisiana and Mississippi, who’d been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Atlanta city officials now say they’re getting temporary shelters ready, in case some people who’ve lost their homes in tropical storm Harvey head for this region.

Noel Morris / WABE

 

After being deluged by Hurricane Katrina floodwaters, the Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans has sat dormant for the past 10 years, closed to the public.

Three ownership changes have taken place in that time, and an estimated $15 million has been spent on restoration.

Writer, performer and attorney Mike Molina worked with New Orleans youths in Atlanta, as part of a project he started called ''New Roots.''
Mike Molina

New Orleans native Mike Molina was living across the country in California’s Bay Area when Hurricane Katrina hit his hometown.

Seeing the storm’s devastating impact on New Orleans, he felt compelled to return to the South.

He ended up in Atlanta, where he stayed for many years, working with displaced New Orleans youths and also performing as a storyteller.

In a conversation with Stephannie Stokes, he discussed his interactions with the young evacuees and considered how the experience influenced his writing. 

Documentary: Hurricane Katrina Was A Man-Made Disaster

Aug 27, 2015
Courtesy AmericaCrumbling.org

The destruction of New Orleans' levees are to blame for the deaths and devastation that followed Hurricane Katrina, according to America Crumbling, a movement that calls for the United States' infrastructure to be mended. 

A New Orleans home
Nick Normal / flickr.com/nicknormal

Maintaining the distinctive look and feel of New Orleans architecture had been a significant undertaking long before Hurricane Katrina hit 10 years ago.

Massive water damage sparked renewed efforts not only to save historic homes in iconic neighborhoods but also to pass along an appreciation of a home-building style described as a “dying art.”

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