On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina unleashed her fury leaving at least 1,833 dead. New Orleans will forever exist as two cities: The one that existed before that date, and the one after. Browse through the extraordinary archive of The Times-Picayune's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage.
You might also want to read Sheri Fink's Five Days At Memorialfor a sense of the horror people experienced and the ineffective response by those who should have been in control. It's a powerful work of nonfiction.