Aug. 28--Friday will mark the nine year anniversary of the storm that changed life forever on the Gulf Coast. On the morning of Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 with winds blasting the Coast at 127 mph.
Widely considered the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, Katrina devastated the Coast, causing $125 billion in damage, destroying 300,000 homes and resulting in 1,833 deaths. Katrina also holds the title of costliest disaster in the history of the global insurance industry. Insurance companies have paid $41.1 billion on 1.7 million claims.
Today and Friday, cities all along the Coast are holding services and observances in remembrance of that storm.
The Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in the Waveland Civic Center, plans a Tailgating at Ground Zero from 6 to 9 p.m. to raise awareness of the museum. A hamburger slider compe
tition between first responder groups of Hancock County is planned, along with live music. Sliders will be $3 each, and complimentary sno-balls and drinks will be available.
Biloxi's annual Hurricane Katrina Memorial observance will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday on the Town Green. Bishop Roger Morin and Mayor A.J. Holloway are listed as speakers. Monica Boudreaux of Biloxi will sing "Amazing Grace" as students from the city read the names of those who perished in the storm.
Cable One will air the documentary "Katrina and Biloxi: A Story of Resolve and Resilience" for all Biloxi subscribers Friday at 10:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. on channel 16.
Also Friday, community leaders from Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Hancock County and Diamondhead will read the names of those who lost their lives to the storm at the Hurricane Katrina memorial service at 9 a.m. at the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland.
St. Michael Catholic Church in East Biloxi will hold a prayer service at 6 p.m. Friday to remember those who suffered because of the storm.
On Friday and Saturday, Edgewater Mall will host the ninth annual Katrina Memorial Blood Drive from noon until 7 p.m.
"Donors will not only be paying homage to those we lost, those who weathered the storm and the volunteers who supported them, but will also help those in need of blood over the Labor Day holiday weekend," said Alicia Anger, external communications manager.
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