Hurricane Katrina made first landfall along the Gulf Coast as a Category 3 storm at 6:10 a.m. local time on August 29, 2005, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, a few miles from the town of Empire, with maximum sustained winds of about 125 mph.
The communities of Empire, Venice and Buras were squarely in Katrina's path as the eye of the storm passed over -- impacting the oil and fishing industries, leaving the landscape dotted with smashed, grounded boats, homes torn apart and flooded. Fishing, shrimping and oyster fleets were destroyed. Around 990,000 gallons of oil were released and towns were flooded with contaminated water.
While the devastation in New Orleans dominated media attention, these smaller communities suffered enormous destruction as well.
Ten years later, like much of the Gulf Coast, there are signs of resilience and progress alongside visible reminders of the lasting impact of one of the most catastrophic storms in U.S. history.
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