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2005, September 25
Just when things were beginning to dry out and people began to return home, New Orleans was hit again. This time, it was a glancing blow, but a blow nonetheless. Hurricane Rita, a huge hurricane came roaring across the Gulf of Mexico, first as a category one and then up to a category 5 storm before finally hitting land rated a category 4. Initially it was figured to land between Galveston and Corpus Christi on the Texas coast, but each day it veered a little more northeast until it finally hit right at the Texas-Louisiana border. Lake Charles took a tremendous hit. New Orleans, though not in the direct path, took a large blow as many inches of rain fell in a short period. This caused some of the barely repaired levees to burst again and re-flood portions of the city. The hard hit ninth ward was inundated again making a bad situation even worse. Officials hope to dry things out again soon so people can begin to return to their homes, or what is left of them.

2005, August 30
Downgraded to a category 4 from a category 5 hurricane just before landfall, Hurricane Katrina devastated a wide area of the gulf coast yesterday. It made landfall only a few miles east of New Orleans bringing heavy amounts of rain and major wind to the area. Since New Orleans is located below sea level and in a bowl shaped depression between the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain, fears of severe flooding are materializing. The levees built to keep out the rising waters were designed to withstand a category 3 hurricane. The failure of several of the levees brought devastating flooding to the area, not to mention loss of both buildings and lives. Now, one day later, levees that failed have created flooded areas in 80% of the city. Some areas are under over 20 feet of water while other areas are barely affected. Many residents had left the city before the hurricane hit, saving thousands of lives. Unfortunately, some were not able to evacuate and suffered greatly. Response was limited due to inadequate preparation and the gravity of the storm and the flooding. Eventually, help did arrive and order was established. It is said it will take months to drain the city and then the process of rebuilding will have to occur. Not only did the severe hurricane devastate the entire area, it also brought about the need to improve the disaster response in the country both at the local, state and federal levels. It also helped people to see that they must prepare themselves individually for disaster before it strikes. By August 31, over 90% of the city was flooded. Because the pumping stations themselves were also under water, no pumping could occur making the problem even worse.
1815 January 7
On the eve of the Battle of New Orleans, citizens spent the night in the old Ursuline convent on Chartres Street praying to Our Lady of Prompt Succor for victory.

The people prayed to her for a miracle and promised to dedicate the city to her if she would lead them to a victory. A near impossible task for the small American army against a large, trained English group, the people knew they did indeed need a miracle to win. They did win the battle the next day, only losing eight men. In gratitude to the Lady of Prompt Succor and her babe in arms, the people made crowns for both of them, covered with their own jewels and gems.

Each year on the battle's anniversay, the shrine is crowned during a high mass to keep the promise made for the miracle. The statue is at the National Shrine in Ursuline Chapel on State Street.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of New Orleans and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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