Lessons from Hurricane Katrina – 11 Years Later


On this day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans as a powerful Category 4 hurricane. Despite being only the third strongest hurricane of the 2005 season, Katrina was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. After briefly coming ashore in southern Florida on August 25 – as a Category 1 hurricane – Katrina gained strength before slamming into the Gulf Coast on August 29.

In addition to bringing devastation to the New Orleans area, the massive storm brought catastrophic destruction to the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, as well. A mandatory evacuation of New Orleans was ordered on August 28, when Katrina briefly attained Category 5 status, but an estimated 150,000 people stayed in the city to weather the storm. The hurricane brought sustained winds of 145 mph, which cut power lines and destroyed homes, even turning the Mississippi Gulf Coast that overwhelmed the levees protecting New Orleans. Soon, 80 percent of the city was flooded up to the rooftops of many houses and small buildings.

Katrina – you probably remember where you were when it hit. I see two huge lessons.

1. Storms hit. We don’t know when and we don’t know how strong, but storms hit. And in this life, evacuation is not an option.

2. The clean-up is everything. When the storms of life hit – and they will – you will be measured by how you rebuild. I’m sure many of you are in that critical rebuilding stage right now. Trust God. He is in the business of new construction.


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