When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast 10 years ago this week, thousands of people fled from the category 5 storm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, estimates that more than 100,000 people from New Orleans, alone, made their way to Atlanta in Katrina’s aftermath -- and many stayed.
Then-Gov. Sonny Perdue, like most Americans, watched in horror as the monster hurricane barreled into the Gulf Coast, killing almost 2,000 people, most of them in New Orleans. But Perdue had no idea, at first, how deeply Katrina would impact Georgia.