New Orleans tickles everyone's imaginations and sparks plenty of stories, true and false. Do you know New Orleans? Check out these New Orleans mythbusters and find out!
1. Hurricane Katrina flooded the city in 2005. True or False?
This New Orleans urban legend is widely believed to be true. News reports still claim Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans; even President Obama says Katrina flooded the city. In fact, levee breaches flooded the city. Katrina absolutely devastated coastal areas in Mississippi and Louisiana, but Katrina's rainfall and storm surge did not flood 80% of New Orleans. The Seventeenth Street Canal levee was the first to breach, flooding middle-class and predominantly white Lakeview. Around the same time, a barge loose in the Industrial Canal rammed into a floodwall and poured water into the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard parish. More levees breached as Katrina passed over the metro area, flooding the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Wards. Storm surge did affect a small low-lying section in New Orleans East, along with sections of St. Bernard parish, as it funneled through the now-closed Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal (MR. GO to us, as in "MR. GO has to GO!").
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