Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm with Robin Roberts is a one-hour ABC News special that is set to air tonight, according to the New York Daily News. The special will take a look back at the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest hurricanes to ever hit the United States in recent history. At last count, over 1,800 people died during the natural disaster. The storm was so bad that it left people without homes and others had to evacuate the city, leaving many people displaced in the days after the storm surge.
“We had a million structures that were hurt, 250,000 homes were destroyed [and] 1,800 people were taken away from us, I mean, it was a big, big, massive deal that spanned the entire city… Everybody lost everything,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu told ABC News.
Tonight’s ABC News special Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm will go back to August 29, 2005, using aerial footage that captured people trapped on rooftops, yelling for help. It will show the many messages of desperation that were scrawled on rooftops to attract attention in the hopes that someone would save them. Visually, it was a desperate sight to see. The entire city was engulfed in water, and the city’s Louisiana Superdome, aka Mercedes-Benz Superdome, acted as a place of refuge for many abandoned residents.
Robin Roberts will go back to her hometown to talk to some survivors of the hurricane and some of the heroes who saved them. Back in 2005, when Robin covered the story, she cried on air as she talked about the devastating effects of the storm. She was personally affected because, at the time, she didn’t know if her own mother and sister were alive. Roberts said it was the first time that she felt the anguish, hopelessness, and the pain that many people felt that day.
Some of the stories that will be covered on Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm with Robin Roberts is also the story of a Howard O’Gwin, a man who fought the storm and saved about 15 people who needed help. With his small boat, he picked people up and transported them to a nearby hotel balcony. The story will also highlight the story of a woman who helped save a diabetic patient who was in need of insulin. The rebuilding of a local hospital that was severely damaged in the storm will also be covered. Mayor Landrieu is proud of the progress the city has made since the disaster.
“I think what you see happening all over the city is a pretty magnificent manifestation, physically and spiritually, of a city that wants to come into its own, finally. And that’s what the past 10 years have been about.”
The ABC News special Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm with Robin Roberts is a story of survival, courage, and what it means to help others in need. Tune in for these inspirational stories tonight at 10/9 central on ABC. The Inquisitr previously reported on another ABC Special that covered the first-ever broadcast of WE Day.
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