The levee breaches brought about a flood of biblical proportions to the city of New Orleans. Over a period of 24 hours beginning early on the afternoon of August 29, the waters from Lake Pontchartrain poured into the city until nearly 80% of New Orleans was underwater. The pictures on the following pages reveal the scope of the massive flood and the devastating aftermath once the waters finally receded.
Rising floodwaters forced residents to cut holes in their attics to escape onto their roofs.
A boat loaded with storm survivors makes its way through the flooded city. Only the highway overpasses remained above the water, which became gathering places for survivors waiting to be evacuated from New Orleans.
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