During my visit this summer in the USA, I went to New Orleans for a couple of days. New Orleans has always been very well known for its lively music scene, its beautiful French (actually Spanish architecture) District, its rough harbour-image and its Cajun kitchen. Since 2005 New Orleans is well known for something else: Hurricane Katrina.
In august 2005 hurricane Katrina struck the coastline of Alabama en Louisiana. Great damage was done by the wind, but even more by the floods that were a result of the storm, and the fact that large parts of the city are below sea-level, behind the levees. 80% of New Orleans was flooded.