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Rep. Clarke Remembers Hurricane Katrina

Clarke Urges Congress to Keep Its Commitment to Rebuild the Gulf Coast

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the Unites States, devastating many of the lives in that region. Today, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11) released the following statement in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina’s fifth anniversary:

“Five years ago, Americans were touched by the painful stories of families who lost everything. Images of individuals stranded on the rooftops of their homes completely immersed in water left us speechless. Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,800 people, destroyed 200,000 homes, and displaced almost one million people. This nation watched in horror as Katrina relinquished its fury with fierce winds and rising flood waters. Five years later, the Gulf Coast region still has yet to fully recover from the remnants of Hurricane Katrina.

“In light of the recent oil spill and its impact on the region, it is imperative that Congress continue to assist in the rebuilding and revitalization of the Gulf Coast. I urge my colleagues to continue to honor the commitment made to the men, women, and future generations of the Gulf Coast region. It is clear that when one part of our nations suffers, it affects us all. As a Member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that the Gulf Coast is restored.”