This week marks the fourth year since Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of Mississippi and Louisiana. In case you've forgotten the magnitude of the destruction, take time to view the slideshow at photojournalist Benjamin Krain's website.
Amazingly, parts of New Orleans have still not been rebuilt, and I read somewhere that 81% of the poorer residents have yet to be able to return to their homes. Sad.
Ivor van Heerden, deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center at the time of the hurricane, wrote The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina: The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist [976.044 VAN]. Van Heerden has recently been let go from his position allegedly due to his outspokenness on the subject of governmental blame.
Other books on Katrina include Douglas Brinkley's The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast [363.34922 BRI], and, don't miss the epic Spike Lee documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts [DVD 551.552 WHE].
A rather sweet story resulting from the hurricane is the picture book by Kirby Larson, Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival [JP LAR].