10 years ago: Iconic images from Hurricane Katrina

10 years ago: Iconic images from Hurricane Katrina

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Ten years ago, the United States witnessed one of the deadliest storms in its history when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005. The hurricane caused $108 billion in property damage, making it the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, and claimed the lives of at least 1,833 people. Here’s a look at some of the iconic images from the destruction Hurricane Katrina wrought. (Pictured) Tanisha Belvin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 89, as they are evacuated from the Convention Center in New Orleans on Sept. 3, 2005.

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Two youths carry a dog down the flooded street after Hurricane Katrina dumped as much as 15 inches of rain as it passed over Homestead, Florida, on Aug. 26, 2005.

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Workers at Beauvoir, the Biloxi historical home where Jefferson Davis spent the last years of his life, prepare for Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 28, 2005.

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Vaugh Mordenti sings to a friend as he stands in the rain on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter as Hurricane Katrina, with 175-mph wind and a threat of a 28-foot storm surge, neared New Orleans on Aug. 28, 2005.

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David Riley sits with his head in his hands as he waits with hundreds of others outside the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Aug. 28, 2005. Around 15,000 to 20,000 people sought shelter in the Louisiana Superdome (now known as Mercedes-Benz Superdome) from Hurricane Katrina.

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Hurricane Katrina evacuees clog Interstate 10 as they come into Slidell from New Orleans on Aug. 28, 2005.

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Man driven from his home by Hurricane Katrina carries an unconscious boy past a row of National Guardsmen outside the Superdome in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005.

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Debris from a fallen building covers several buildings in downtown New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina battered the Louisiana coast on Aug. 29, 2005.

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Hurricane Katrina devastated large parts of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Aug. 29, 2005.

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Cynthia Gonzales runs through the rain with a stray dog she rescued from a destroyed gas station (background) in Gretna, Louisiana, in this Aug. 29, 2005, picture.

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Alex Perez carries his cats to dry land after being rescued by boat from his house near Lake Pontchatrain flooded by Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 30, 2005, in New Orleans.

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A dog tries to keep above the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina by standing on a ledge in a used car lot in Mobile, Alabama.


People search for their belongings among debris washed up on the beach in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Aug. 30, 2005, after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.

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New Orleans residents walk through floodwaters that besiege the city on Aug. 30, 2005. Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts when it came ashore on Aug. 29.

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U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Scott D. Rady of Tampa, Florida, gives the signal to hoist a pregnant woman from her apartment in the aftermath of the hurricane on Aug. 30, 2005. Over 80% of New Orleans was left submerged in water as levees begin to break and leak around Lake Ponchartrain.

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A woman is carried out of flood waters by a rescue worker after being trapped in her home in Orleans parish on Aug. 30, 2005.

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Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina fill the streets near downtown New Orleans on Aug. 30, 2005.

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A police car is seen submerged in New Orleans East on Aug. 31, 2005, after Hurricane Katrina hit the area.

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Prison inmates are held at the end of a sunken highway in New Orleans on Aug. 31, 2005.

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This is an aerial view of a flooded neighborhood on the east side of New Orleans on Sept. 1, 2005, after Hurricane Katrina had passed through the area.

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Refugees forced to flee from Hurricane Katrina are pictured in the Reliant Astrodome in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 3, 2005. About 18,000 evacuees, many trying to locate loved ones and family members, packed into the stadium.

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A man watches a house burn on Napoleon St. as helicopters try to extinguish the fire by dropping water from above in Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans on Sept. 4, 2005. In some cases, entire blocks burned to the ground as fire trucks were unable to reach the accident sites due to extensive flooding.

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A couple affected by Hurricane Katrina hugs on a rooftop in St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans on Sept. 3, 2005.

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A woman cries while sitting with her two children after members of the U.S. Coast Guard transported victims of Hurricane Katrina from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans to the airport on Sept. 3, 2005.

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Evacuees wait to be moved from outside the Louisiana Superdome on Sept. 3, 2005, in New Orleans.


A plea for help written on the roof of a home flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans on Sept. 4, 2005.

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Jamaal Khalfani drapes a U.S. flag over his daughter Violet Riles to give her shade as they wait outside the Convention Center in New Orleans on Sept. 4, 2005.

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A makeshift tomb at a New Orleans street corner conceals a body that had been lying on the sidewalk for days in the wake of Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 4, 2005. The message reads, "Here lies Vera. God Help Us."

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A man clings to the top of a vehicle before being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from the flooded streets of New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 4, 2005.

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Eric Leese sits on a couch in his flooded living room in Metairie, outside New Orleans, on Sept. 5, 2005. Thousands of residents of suburban New Orleans returned to inspect their homes wrecked by Hurricane Katrina.

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Leonard Thomas, 23, cries after a SWAT team bursts into the flooded home in New Orleans on Sept. 5, 2005.

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Homes flooded to the roof by flood waters from Hurricane Katrina in St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans on Sept. 5, 2005.


A man stands in flood waters as fire burns down a home in the seventh ward of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 6, 2005.

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A National Guardsman pours water from a third floor window as he fights a fire in the Lower Garden District in New Orleans on Sept. 6, 2005.

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An evacuee from Slidell, Valerie Bennett, hugs her dogs Oreo (L) and Lady as they are reunited at Emory Hospital in Atlanta on Sept. 7, 2005. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bennett had to leave behind four of their pets when she, and her husband who is a liver transplant patient, had to be evacuated to a liver specialist for supervision.

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Firemen from the Los Angeles Fire Department search through the rubble of buildings damaged by Hurricane Katrina along the coastline in East Biloxi, Mississippi, on Sept. 7, 2005.

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Residents search for clothes in a donation area in Gulfport, Mississippi. Aid poured in from across the country and volunteers from various agencies arrived to help victims of the hurricane on Sept. 8, 2005.

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Military personnel walk through the mud searching door to door after floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina receded on Sept. 9, 2005 in Chalmette near New Orleans.

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Weary search and rescue workers catch a ride in a pickup truck after ending their efforts in St. Bernard, Louisiana, on Sept. 17, 2005.

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Cargo containers are scattered about in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans on Sept. 10, 2005.

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U.S. President George W. Bush boards Air Force One after speaking about Hurricane Katrina's damage to the nation on network television from Jackson Square in New Orleans on Sept. 15, 2005.

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Chuck Marshall, a resident of New Orleans for 43 years, takes a break on the curb of Canal Street from pushing his cart of supplies on Oct. 8, 2005.

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Words painted onto the wall of a house are illuminated by car lights on a deserted street in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Aug. 18, 2007.