The Storm of a Lifetime: Fox News Looks Back at Katrina 10 Years Later
It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast, killing 1,200 people and leaving a trail of devastation.
On Friday, "Fox News Reporting" brings you a compelling look back at the most devastating hurricane to hit the United States in decades. 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded, with water depths up to 20 feet, when the city's levees were breached on August 29, 2005.
An under-told story was the huge storm surge that hit Waveland, Louisiana, and Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, wiping homes and businesses off the map. It is estimated that Katrina caused more than $100 billion in damage.
While there were many stories of heroic first responders, including the U.S. Coast Guard who rescued over 33,400 people in New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco seemed unprepared for the disaster.
FEMA and its Director Michael Brown took days to establish operations in New Orleans and many in the media were quick to blame him, as well as President Bush, for what seemed like a slow response with relief efforts.
The "Fox News Reporting" timeline of Katrina will feature backstories from correspondents, residents and officials on the poor preparation and the evacuations that followed.
Fox News Channel's own Arthel Neville, Shepard Smith, Bill Hemmer, Steve Harrigan, Phil Keating, Rick Leventhal will help tell the story. Plus you'll hear from Michael Brown, Andy Card, historian and former New Orleans resident Douglas Brinkley, US Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore and more.
Additionally, you'll see updates on the costly rebuilding of the breached levees, the slow recovery of New Orleans and “lessons learned” from the disaster.
Tune in Friday at 10p/1a ET for "Hurricane Katrina: The Storm of a Lifetime" and watch a sneak peek above.