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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. 

Robert Davis looks out of the window of his Johns Creek home.
Stephanie Stokes / WABE

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Gulf Coast and destroyed New Orleans' levee system leaving the city underwater and vulnerable to the category 5 storm. Nearly 2,000 people died because of the storm, most of them in New Orleans. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it’s estimated that 100,000 New Orleans residents evacuated to Atlanta according to data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Ten years later, we found six people who stayed in Atlanta. Here are their stories. 

Robert Davis

Ghost drones are displayed at an event with the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Coalition, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

During Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, retired Army Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore was commander of the Joint Task Force. He says drones could have saved lives in 2005.

"It would have gotten places that we had a hard time getting to, and it could cover more ground than two people walking down the street," Honore said.