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Houston Chronicle Photographers Recall Covering the Chaos After Katrina

Ten years ago this weekend, Katrina made landfall. The category three hurricane and its ensuing flooding devastated New Orleans and other communities along the Gulf Coast. More than a thousand people died. Tens of thousands more were displaced. A slow response from emergency managers and public officials made matters worse. As awful as it was […]

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Ten years ago this weekend, Katrina made landfall. The category three hurricane and its ensuing flooding devastated New Orleans and other communities along the Gulf Coast. More than a thousand people died. Tens of thousands more were displaced. A slow response from emergency managers and public officials made matters worse.

As awful as it was in New Orleans, Katrina was also Houston’s shining moment. Houston took in tens of thousands of evacuees seeking refuge, found them shelter, and helped them recover. Many of them remain here in Houston, contributing to our diverse and growing community.

As, we look back, and hear the accounts of Houstonians impacted by the storm, we hear the accounts of Houston Chronicle photographers Melissa Phillip and Brett Coomer, recalling the lead-up to Katrina, the storm itself and the aftermath. They were at the New Orleans Superdome and the New Orleans Convention center in the days before FEMA arrived. Many folks looked to Phillip and Coomer for answers about what was happening amid a vacuum of order.

(Above: One of many photos taken by Houston Chronicle photographer Melissa Phillip in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Image Used by Permission – Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

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