2005
WORLD NEWS

'This is our tsunami'

from CBC.ca archives | Mon, 29 Aug 2005

Hurricane Katrina has left at least 55 dead and an unknown number of lives shattered in its wake. Homes and businesses are submerged, people are displaced, and damage is being counted in the billions of dollars.

The killer hurricane, which slammed into Louisiana with 225 km/h winds, was downgraded Monday night to a tropical storm. It is tracking north and could enter Canada as soon as Tuesday night.

The storm inflicted catastrophic damage along the Gulf coast as it slammed into Louisiana, and then swept across Mississippi, Alabama and western Florida.

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Cars sit idle on flooded streets in downtown New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina came ashore on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Cars sit idle on flooded streets in downtown New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina came ashore on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 (AP Photo/Dave Martin)