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FEMA provided $176 million to repair massive structural damage to the Louisiana Superdome. The Superdome re-opened September 25, 2006.
9th Ward Levee
Storm surge and heavy winds forced a barge to breech the levee in the Lower Ninth Ward. Army Corps of Engineers work on the levee is now complete, and the levee is higher and stronger.
Buras Water Tower
Devastated by a 20-foot storm surge, the town of Buras, La, was one of Katrina’s first casualties. Today, the Buras Water Tower stands as a symbol of the town's return.
Chalmette High School
St. Bernard's Chalmette High School served as a rescue point for hundreds of residents. The school was the first school in St. Bernard to reopen after the storm.
Holy Cross School
Holy Cross School, originally located in the Lower Ninth Ward, suffered extensive structural damage. FEMA deemed the building eligible for replacement. The school relocated to Gentilly.
Jackson Barracks
Hurricane Katrina damaged 184 buildings at historic Jackson Barracks, which houses the Louisiana National Guard. FEMA has obligated approximately $58 million toward its rebuilding.
Lakeview Boulevard
This boulevard in the Lakeview area served as a staging area for debris collection. Today, it has returned to its original pristine condition. 58.8 million cubic yards of debris were collected statewide.
Lakeview Marina
Hurricane Katrina’s winds tossed around boats in the Lakeview Marina as if they were toys. As of July 2008, the U.S. Coast Guard has removed 167,000 cubic yards of marine debris from waterways.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
Although more than 10 feet of water flooded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, it re-opened in June 2007 - the first school to reopen in the Lower Ninth Ward to do so.
Pumping Station
Approximately 8-feet of water flooded the Orleans pumping station just off of Interstate 10 near City Park. Restoring it was key to re-opening the interstate to traffic.
Renaissance Village
More than 840 families called Renaissance Village in Baker home after Hurricane Katrina. It closed in June of 2008 when the last residents moved to more permanent housing.
Slidell Fire Station
Wind and water damaged the A.J. Champagne Fire Station in Slidell. Today, the fire station is repaired and helping to protect the neighborhood.
Slidell Police Station
Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters decimated the Slidell Police Department. Nearly three years later, the Slidell Police Department is back in business with grant funding from FEMA.
St. Paul's Episcopal School
St. Paul's Episcopal School, located in Lakeview, took on nearly 12-feet of water. The school returned to its campus in time for the fall 2006 semester.