站在低九區（Lower Ninth Ward）災後重建的第一所公立學校前，路易斯安那州長布蘭科（Katherine Blanco）強調，「隨著重建的腳步，對未來抱持著樂觀與信心。」
Two years ago today, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, costing at least 1,836 people their lives and causing at least $81.2 billion in damage, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history and one of the deadliest.
In Louisiana, the flood protection system in New Orleans failed in 53 different places as Hurricane Katrina passed east of the city as a category 3 storm. Nearly every levee in metro New Orleans broke open, flooding 80 percent of the city and many areas of neighboring parishes for weeks.
Today, everyone from hurricane survivors to the governors of the affected states to President George W. Bush marked the anniversary in a diversity of ways.
"Schools are welcoming new students. Homes are being rebuilt. Businesses are opening their doors. Life as we knew it is slowly but surely returning to our neighborhoods," Blanco said.