Ceremonies are being held in Mississippi and Louisiana today to mark the 10th anniversary of the day when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf coast.
In New Orleans, city and congressional leaders laid wreaths at a memorial holding the unclaimed and unidentified bodies of hurricane victims.
Residents and community activists in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward gathered at the levee where, 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina's storm waters broke through and submerged the neighborhood.
After several speeches, a parade snaked through the neighborhood while music played from boom boxes and people sold water from ice chests under the hot sun.
In coastal Mississippi, churches tolled their bells in unison this morning.
Katrina ultimately claimed more than 1,800 people and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage. Most of the deaths came in New Orleans and the surrounding area when levees protecting the city failed, leaving 80 percent of the city underwater.
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