Gen. Honore in New Orleans for Katrina anniversary - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Gen. Honore in New Orleans for Katrina anniversary

Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore is in the city this weekend to commemorate the anniversary.

More than 1,800 people died in the storm. Breaches in the Industrial Canal as well as the 17th Street, London Avenue and Orleans Avenue canals left much of New Orleans under water.

Honore said this year he's focused on environmental justice.

"The focus now is on protecting our environment," he said. "One of the impacts of Katrina that we've come to understand is on the impacts of our wetlands. Some of that associated with levees, some of that associated with oil and gas exploration, which has added much to our economy but has come at a cost because it let the saltwater intrusion, so we're losing a lot of our coastland that protect us from storms."

On Saturday, Honore will speak on environmental issues affecting Louisiana at the Green Army Katrina Breakfast at Xavier University.

Copyright 2014 WVUE. All rights reserved.

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 9:42 AM EDT2017-06-27 13:42:12 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>
  • Hurricane Audrey remembered, 60 years later

    Hurricane Audrey remembered, 60 years later

    Hurricane Audrey remembered, 60 years later

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 9:02 AM EDT2017-06-27 13:02:56 GMT
    Hurricane Audrey pathHurricane Audrey path

    60-years-ago-today Hurricane Audrey, which still is on record for being the strongest June hurricane to make landfall, tore across the Cameron coast with winds of 125 mph, producing a storm surge in Cameron Parish of around 12 feet that moved many miles inland.

    More >>

    60-years-ago-today Hurricane Audrey, which still is on record for being the strongest June hurricane to make landfall, tore across the Cameron coast with winds of 125 mph, producing a storm surge in Cameron Parish of around 12 feet that moved many miles inland.

    More >>
  • Walk-On's throws watch party for LSU Tiger's biggest fans

    Walk-On's throws watch party for LSU Tiger's biggest fans

    Monday, June 26 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-06-27 03:09:20 GMT

    A packed house Monday night at Walk-On's for Game 1 of the College Baseball World Series finals. 

    More >>

    A packed house Monday night at Walk-On's for Game 1 of the College Baseball World Series finals. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly