March 5th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama pledges $438 million more for Katrina reconstruction

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) - The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would commit another $438 million toward redeveloping Gulf Coast communities still rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The announcement came as two Cabinet officials, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured parts of the New Orleans area, including suburban St. Bernard Parish.

Katrina killed more than 1,800 people when it struck near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line in August 2005. Most of those deaths were in the New Orleans area, where more than 1,500 people were killed when the storm breached the city's protective levees and flooded more than three-quarters of town.

The city's population is about three-quarters of what it was before the storm, and nearly 85,000 residences in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes remain vacant, according to January figures from the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.

Filed under: Katrina • Obama administration
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. R in Maine

    Jindal will try to refuse. The repubs stole most of the original amounts sent to help New Orleans, while they also tried to steal the original ownership papers of the properties. They need the help, churches cannot do it all.

    March 5, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. ronvan

    Whats the problem? Bush came down, looked around, got his face on the news and then got the heck out of there and left the people on their own! That entire area is still a mess and we, Bush, said we would help and didn't. Give (ret) general Honore the money, he will get the job done!

    March 5, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. a REAL American

    Yeah, of course they need more money..... Katrina only hit, what, 4 years ago? When will these folks stop depending on the government and stand on their own two feet?

    March 5, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. J-Syxx

    Hurricanes are a myth like volcanoes erupting aren't they, Mr. Jindal? So why accept this "wasteful spending" you stinking hypocrite?

    March 5, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. tk1

    you people dont know jindal,how do yall get your information? make it up as you go?? where do yall live? not here in LA cuz if you did you would see the good he has done. How much more do we need to repair the broken city??? how many more years will they hold there hands out waiting for there checks?? is brad and angelina gonna rebuild the projects after the people here destroy it again??? oh wait that would be the replublicans fault nevermind natural disaters like hurricanes is BUSH's fault oh yeah and the millions he gave them i guess the chocolate city spent it all...

    March 5, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Freed_From_W

    Ron Jeremy (snicker) @ 4:41:
    "More waste…………."

    I'm sure the homeless from New Orleans and the suffering people from the SuperDome catastrophe would have something a little different to say...

    Finally, more of Bush's victims get the help they need.

    March 5, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Cali Girl

    Are you sure that Gov. Bobby will accept it?

    March 5, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. hmmmm

    If Jindal thinks protecting people from disasters is waste (ie. volcano monitoring), why on earth would he like the idea of cleaning up after them.

    March 5, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. MN in VA

    About time? What the heck are you talking about? According to an article from Feb 9, there is still $3.9B unspent. Just from a quick google, there has been over $150B given to NOLA already from the feds. How much more should we pay?

    March 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. H Martin

    Help with the leaves there as well as construction on new homes. This will bring jobs and help strengthen the economy. Just what we need. Thanks President Obama. Great Job! To all those who are not doing anything except saying he is wrong, help make it right, the thing you do might just save you in the long run.

    March 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Sarty

    Hey Bobby !
    Is this socialism or charity to your state? or less govt. intervention?
    Now, you know why you looked so stupid?
    Put people first- you ignorant Rethugs.

    March 5, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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