Today marks the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Louisiana coast. It was the costliest natural disaster in American history, and left more than 1,800 people dead. Here was The Washington Post's front page on Aug. 30, the day when the country began to realize how much damage had been done by the storm.
New Orleans — the city most hurt by the floods — still suffers from what the hurricane left behind, and the landscape of the region has changed considerably over the years. Here are some good pieces and projects to read nine years later.
- Here is a collection of the New Orleans Times-Picayune's A-1s from after Hurricane Katrina.
- And, from the Columbia Journalism Review, here's an in-depth look at how the Times-Picayune covered the storm.
- ProPublica has built an amazing interactive map that shows how the coastal landscape of Louisiana has drastically changed.
- Soon after the storm, Katherine Boo wrote about a few of its victims in the New Yorker.
- In 2012, Nathaniel Rich wrote about how the urban landscape of New Orleans was changing post-Katrina.
- The New Orleans Times-Picayune has collected photos that pair some of the most famous photos of the hurricane with pictures of how the setting looks today, without the rain or wind.
- Washington Monthly wrote about New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu — and how the city changed after Katrina — in 2011.