Today marks the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall, and official remembrances are notably sparse, with the governor not holding any events, while New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell attended a wreath laying. The 4,748 days since that fateful moment have left an indelible mark on the Pelican State, particularly Southeast Louisiana.
“Those of us who lived through it will always remember it, will always mourn those who died, and hate the fact that the government let us down, and that it was such a tremendous loss,” said political analyst Clancy Dubos.
1,833 deaths have been attributed to the Hurricane both in its natural, and man-made disasters. Dubos says the lack of statewide remembrances isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it indicates people are moving on from the tragedy.
“As you recover, it’s a double edged sword. You get better, but you also tend to let go of some of that pain. It’s very difficult to carry pain with you throughout all of your life.”
The storm’s aftermath left the city of New Orleans decimated, and it’s hundreds of thousands of residents scattered to the four corners of the country. At the time it led to political leaders saying “never again” but DuBos says that hasn’t been the case in places like Puerto Rico, which lost 2,975 American citizens after a widely criticized federal response.
“Hopefully we as a nation learn from the mistakes that were made so we can be better prepared when disaster strikes again. That has not happened in Puerto Rico, unfortunately the people there are still really suffering.”