Remembering Hurricane Katrina 10 Years On: 'We Looked Around and Thought, How Will This Place Ever Recover?'
Hurricane Katrina caused the deaths of almost 2,000 people when it barreled across the U.S. in 2005 and its scenes of devastation will never be forgotten.
INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent was the first reporter to get inside St. Rita’s Nursing Home where 35 senior citizens who were left to fend for themselves lost their lives.
On the 10th anniversary of the hurricane, Trent reflected on that assignment.
He said: "They were in wheelchairs. They were in beds. The water apparently came in so quickly that they couldn’t be rescued.
"They still had pictures on the walls and bulletin boards of loved ones. They beds were still there, unmade. It was crazy."
Former INSIDE EDITION reporter Paul Boyd was at the Superdome where thousands fled to escape Katrina.
The horrendous conditions created a national uproar.
Former INSIDE EDITION reporter Kim Dean will never forget her visit to a graveyard for refrigerators. There were hundreds of thousands of them were destroyed during Katrina.
She said: "It was really heartbreaking to see the devastation. When I pulled up and you saw the rows and rows of these refrigerators and what they represented…can you imagine the homes they came from?"
ABC’s Robin Roberts was born and raised on The Gulf Coast, so Katrina hit home for her. On Sunday night, Roberts returns to The Gulf Coast to mark the 10th anniversary of the storm.
The Weather Channel's Jim Cantone hosts Katrina 2065 that looks at the impact of a Katrina sized storm 50 years from now.
Cantone reported round the clock from The Gulf Coast 10 years ago.
He told INSIDE EDITION: "Katrina will be known for its water. It literally changed the entire Mississippi coast forever."
Katrina had a major impact on America. It changed those who reported on it.
Kim Dean said: “I was never the same after that.”
Trent echoed that sentiment: "Most stories you go to, there is a beginning, a middle, and an end. This was totally devastation and you looked around and you thought, ‘How is this place ever going to recover?’"
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