New Orleans Archdiocese: Forever changed by Hurricane Katrina

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August 21, 2015

A man walks past an abandoned building in the Upper Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans Aug. 1. More than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, the city continues to rebuild. (CNS photo/Jonathan Bachman, Reuters) See KATRINA-RETROSPECTIVE Aug. 21, 2015.

A man walks past an abandoned building in the Upper Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans Aug. 1. More than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, the city continues to rebuild. (CNS photo/Jonathan Bachman, Reuters)

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — They are calling it “Kat 10” — Hurricane Katrina plus 10 years — which carries with it the double meaning of an ominous meteorological warning.

How could a Category 5 storm that engulfed the entire Gulf of Mexico but dropped in intensity to a Category 3 just before landfall on Aug. 29, 2005 — burying one of the world’s most iconic cities in a flood of biblical proportions — become the watershed moment in New Orleans’ nearly 300-year history?

The simple answer: Poorly engineered and constructed federal levees gave way under pressure, dooming a topographically challenged city that sits mostly below sea level.

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