Published On: Aug 30 2012 03:03:02 PM MDTUpdated On: Aug 31 2013 08:23:23 PM MDT
Hurricane Katrina, a Category 2 storm with winds of 135 mph, made landfall at Empire, La., at about 7 a.m. ET on Aug. 29, 2005.
A mandatory evacuation of New Orleans was ordered in advance of the storm, though some 10,000 refugees sought shelter in the Superdome.
At least 1,836 people were killed in the hurricane and subsequent flooding, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since 1928.
Total property damage was estimated at $81 billion, nearly triple the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Water more than 12 feet high in some places flooded nearly 80 percent of New Orleans after the levee system failed.
A school bus is submerged in New Orleans East after Hurricane Katrina hit the area.
Refugees of Hurricane Katrina fill the floor of the Astrodome in Houston.
A house in New Orleans is marked with the words "Dead Body Inside" and "Help."
Cats and dogs rescued after being separated from their owners when Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans area arrive by chartered jet to Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 19, 2005, in Los Angeles.
Prisoner inmates are held at the end of a sunken highway in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck.
Rescue workers pull a woman from the water who was hanging onto the roof to escape the rising flood waters from Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005, in New Orleans.
Residents wait on a roof top to be rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Hurricane Katrina survivors wait outside the Superdome to be evacuated Sept. 2, 2005 in New Orleans. Thousands of troops poured into the city Sept. 2 to help with security and delivery of supplies in the wake of the devastating storm.
Sgt. 1st Class Chris Andrews climbs out of a home as he and a fellow New Mexico National Guard member, Specialist Anthony Bustillos, check for bodies in homes destroyed after Hurricane Katrina passed through Sept. 10, 2005, in Port Sulphur, La.
Holdouts (L-R) Harold Gee, Randall 'Sharon' Kess and Gary Don Massey hang out on Gee's front porch Sept. 8, 2005, in New Orleans. A group of holdouts in the community have banded together following Hurricane Katrina as they vow to remain in New Orleans despite orders to evacuate.