10 Years Later: AP anniversary package on Hurricanke Katrina

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana. The Associated Press BRADENdispatched scores of journalists to capture the event as it unfolded and remained on the ground to cover it in the weeks, months and years since. The storm forever transformed the city of New Orleans and places along the Gulf Coast in big ways and small: economically, environmentally and demographically.

As the 10th anniversary approaches, AP has prepared a package of stories aimed at exploring and explaining the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

For your consideration, we will be offering the following coverage.

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Moving in advance for use the weekend of August 15-16, and thereafter:


DELACROIX, La. – At the very end of the road into this weather-beaten and hurricane-lashed bayou town at the edge of a collapsing estuary called Bayou Terre aux Boeufs live the Moraleses. They are some of the last die-hards left in Delacroix, a once-vibrant fishing village that had, in its heyday, a church, a country store, sugar plantations and even a baseball team. And on the family front porch, elevated 20 feet in the air, you find Regina Morales. “You want to see land loss?” she hollers down. “Come up here and see it.”  Since Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, efforts to stem Louisiana’s dire coastal land loss have been ominously neglected, leaving in doubt not only the future of places like Delacroix but also that of New Orleans, scientists and experts say. In fact, much of Katrina’s destructive power was caused not just by the failure of levees but by the steady loss of the wetlands, coastal forest and barrier islands that once buffered New Orleans and its bustling suburbs, scientists say. By Cain Burdeau. About 1,500 words. AP Photos. AP Video will move at 1 a.m. EDT Aug. 14.

Eds: An abridged version will also move.


Moving in advance for use the weekend of Aug. 22-23, and thereafter:


NEW ORLEANS _ In the days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the levees failed, anyone would have been hard-pressed to see this city ever rise again. Many saw it as the final chapter of a city that had long been in decline, the victim of urban crime, white flight, the vagaries of the oil market and mismanagement.  Ten years later, when people try to describe the city’s resurgence they reach for metaphors that verge on the Biblical _ a resurrection, an economic and cultural renaissance, a rebirth. The city has rebounded in ways that few people thought possible back in 2005. But it has also been an uneven recovery with some neighborhoods still struggling to rebuild. And the city is still dogged by the crime and racial inequality prevalent before the storm. By Rebecca Santana. About 1,500 words. AP Photos. AP Video will move 1 a.m. EDT on Aug. 24.

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KATRINA-CHANGING CITY-GLANCE: A glance of major indicators on the city, size, demographics and wealth that indicate what has changed since Katrina.

KATRINA-WHERE ARE THEY NOW-GLANCE: A look at the major players during Katrina and where they are now. AP Photos.


Moving on Wednesday, Aug. 26 as an early riser:


BILOXI – Much of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast has recovered from Hurricane Katrina, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the first block north of the Mississippi Sound along U.S. 90 from Gulfport west to the state line. The coast’s main drag is still gap-toothed, especially in areas that were dominated by single-family residences. Holding back rebuilding is a complicated stew of problems including high building costs to protect against future storms, rules requiring homes to be elevated, high insurance costs, speculative land deals and the lingering trauma of some owners after the storm. By Jeff Amy.

AP Photos.


Moving on Monday. Aug. 28 as an early riser

KATRINA-PHOTOGRAPHERS _ Interviews with three of the photographers (Bill Haber, John Bazemore and Eric Gay) who shot Katrina back in 2005 looking at some of their most iconic images. By Rebecca Santana and Chevel Johnson. Approx 400 words devoted to each photographer.

AP Photos.


Moving in advance for use from Aug. 28-30, and thereafter

KATRINA-A FAMILY DIVIDED _ The AP examines another profound change wrought by Katrina: the splitting of families as a mass evacuation from chaotic New Orleans sent thousands to the safety of other cities. Over the past decade, many of the displaced have put down roots in their new locales and decided to stay, even as their brothers and sisters struggled to rebuild back home. A mother of three who endured the storm in the Lower Ninth Ward before being taken to Houston eventually concluded that it offered a better future; now she returns to her native city only for Mardi Gras and to revisit relatives, whose experience of the last 10 years has been vastly different. Researchers compare the families of this diaspora to those of the Dust Bowl migrations. By National Writer Allen G. Breed. About 1,900 words. AP Photos. AP Video will move at 1 a.m. EDT on Aug. 28.

Eds: An abridged version will also move.


Along with art for the text coverage, the AP will be moving a stand-alone package of images. This package will contain before-and-after photos from the Lower Ninth Ward, Uptown, and aerials of New Orleans as well as before-and-after images from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


LIFE AFTER THE STORM: A narrative exploration on the changing face of New Orleans that includes Before/After comparisons of some of the most iconic images taken after the storm, a look at the demographic makeup of the city and audio interviews with survivors to see where are they now.


As noted above, video will be produced to accompany RISING SEAS, CHANGING CITY and FAMILY DIVIDED.

Other coverage, wire movement TBD:


A look at New Orleans tourism 10 years after Katrina: what’s new for visitors, what’s planned to commemorate the anniversary, and how the city managed to reinvent itself as an even bigger, more successful destination for tourists than it was before the tragedy. By Beth J. Harpaz. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon Monday Aug. 10, photos.


The already world-famous culinary world of New Orleans came back even more robustly after the storm. By Rebecca Santana.


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