Hurricane Barry: Tropical Storms and Floods Hits New Orleans

Hurricane Barry struck the mainland Saturday on Louisiana coast, causing heavy rains and high winds off the coast, southern United States. The natural phenomenon weakened into a tropical storm after it reached the Intracoastal City region, with winds up to 70 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The cities of New Orleans and Lafayette registered the first floods in streets and avenues, while thousands of people were removed from areas considered risky. Authorities have issued an announcement that the entire population remain inside their homes.

The Rebirth of New Orleans

As a Louisiana native, I watched in shock and disbelief as New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. That tragedy hit close to home, as I was born 50 miles from there.

I hadn’t been back to the Big Easy since then and was eager to see how far the city has come along in its efforts to rebuild. So I took a trip in mid-May and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.