Nightly News   |  August 29, 2013

8 years after Katrina, the New Orleans stands strong

Eight years ago today hurricane Katrina roared ashore and devastated the Gulf Coast. See what it looks like now. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

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>>> this was the scene eight years ago today as hurricane katrina roared ashore along the gulf coast and caused massive destruction in mississippi and louisiana, and claimed so many lives in and around the city of new orleans . august 29th , 2005 , forever known as the day the levees broke. fast forward to today and though there's been a massive rebuilding effort, some areas still remain abandoned. but new neighborhoods are popping up, and officials say 80% of the prestorm population has returned.