Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.
It was the sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the third-strongest hurricane on record that made landfall in the United States.
Due to its sheer size, Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast as far as 100 miles (160 km) from the storm's center.
Katrina was formed on August 23, 2005 and it dissipated on August 31, 2005.
Katrina caused 1836 fatalties.
The storm is estimated to have been responsible for $81.2 billion U.S. dollars in damage, making it the costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States.
Shortly after the hurricane moved away on August 30, 2005, some residents of New Orleans who remained in the city began looting stores. Many looters were in search of food and water that were not available to them through any other means.
Reports of carjacking, murders, thefts, and rapes in New Orleans flooded the news.
Rapper Kanye West accused President George W. Bush of racism during a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert.
The government was accused of making things worse, instead of making things better, by preventing help by others while also delaying its own response.