August 26th, 2010
07:56 AM ET
11 years ago

Hearing to look at the progress and challenges 5 years after Katrina

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will hold a late-morning hearing Thursday about the lessons learned and the progress made in the five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and large sections of the Gulf coast.

The hearing in Chalmette, Louisiana, will highlight the continuing challenges facing the state.

On Wednesday, Landrieu announced that Washington will award $1.8 billion to schools in New Orleans.

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  1. La Piovra

    The conduct of the Bush administration in the wake of Katrina was nothing short of genocidal, and if the press had not been at least briefly awakened to its duties, we might well have had tens of thousands dead in the southern parishes of Louisiana and the rest of the country little the wiser. Alas, the awakening was brief. This summer, we have heard them dutifully barking the Rove – invented line that the BP spill was "Obama's Katrina", though it was Rove Republicans who then called the 20 b indemnity to the injured a "slush fund" and demanded Congress apologize to BP for the "shakedown". The spill, I note, did not leave hundreds of corpses unburied in the streets, festering with maggots in full view of their kin... but what is truth? A commodity easily bartered for access and influence; little more of it is likely to come out of this inquiry than at any other time.

    August 26, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. Clwyd

    I'm sure we will hear, "Don't bring up anything about President Bush!" (We don't want to hear the truth!) Some how I bet Obama will get the blame for the slow federal response to Katrina too!

    August 26, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. commonsense529

    I watched the Katrina special and I was heartbroken by what I saw. I simply cannot believe how our government sat back and left those people out there with no food or water for all that time. It bothers me that we are usually the first responders when third world countries have natural disasters but when it came to the people of New Orleans, we failed them miserably.

    And then some of us have the nerve to judge the victims and say, "Well they should have left when they knew the storm was coming." We sat back in our comfy cozy spaces on full stomaches and passed judgement on how the victims reacted, how they yelled and screamed and cursed, how they went out and got food to survive and then was arrested for stealing! My God!!

    I don't care where you come from -if you don't understand that race and class played a role in this – you are blind with no intention of ever wanting to learn the truth.

    August 26, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Angus McDugan

    The real problem has already been addressed... They have a different Mayor and Governor.

    August 26, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |