Hurricane Katrina damages Property Worth $81 billion

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The four-hour, two-part HBO documentary also focused on the determination of residents to stay in their beloved city and restore it to its former glory.

Most visitors head for the French Quarter, New Orleans' oldest and most famous neighbourhood. The streets here are lined with 18th Century buildings with their elaborate wrought-iron galleries and gardens overflowing with hibiscus and roses.

Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. At least 1,836 people lost their lives in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane; total property damage was estimated at $81 billion (2005 USD), nearly triple the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The story here is mirrored across the Gulf Coast. Beaches have been cleaned of crude, the leak has been plugged and some cities never had oil wash ashore at all. Still, tourists stay away from what they fear are oil-coated coastlines — a perception officials say could take years to overcome and cost the region billions of dollars.

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