These before and after photos of Hurricane Katrina’s mammoth trail of damage will leave you breathless
This combination of Aug. 30, 2005 and July 29, 2015 aerial photos shows downtown New Orleans and the Superdome flooded by Hurricane Katrina and the same area a decade later. Katrina's powerful winds and driving rain bore down on Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005. The storm caused major damage to the Gulf Coast from Texas to central Florida while powering a storm surge that breached the system of levees that were built to protect New Orleans from flooding. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Gerald Herbert)
When Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast nearly 10 years ago on Aug. 29, 2005, it left a mammoth trail of damage in its wake.
Storm surge and winds ripped the top off a church steeple in Mississippi, left a tangle of fishing boats sitting in the middle of a Louisiana highway and ripped holes into the New Orleans Superdome’s roof.
Flooding caused by breached levees in New Orleans stranded tens of thousands of people in horrific conditions at the football stadium and convention center, flooded houses in Lakeview to the eaves and left a parking lot full of waterlogged school buses.
This is a collection of photos by Associated Press photographers of many of those locations showing how they looked in the days after the storm and how they look now.