Hurricane Katrina represented the greatest challenge ever faced by the Sewerage & Water Board and the City of New Orleans. With 80% of the city flooded, thousands of New Orleanians lost their lives and their property. The impact of Hurricane Katrina to the board's water, sewer, drainage and power generation systems was devastating. Over 300 Sewerage & Water Board employees manned their stations at board facilities throughout the city during Hurricane Katrina and during the catastrophic flooding that followed. These Sewerage & Water Board 'Katrina Heroes' literally risked their lives and their personal safety to salvage and repair vital Sewerage & Water Board facilities and equipment that made it possible to dewater the city in only 11 days after the levee breaches were repaired.
These Hurricane Katrina Progress Booklets contain information about our many achievements in the years since Katrina. It is being provided so that the citizens of New Orleans know of our accomplishments.
These 'My Story' Videos are part of an ongoing oral history project that documents the personal experiences of the 300 plus Sewerage & Water Board employees who worked during and after Hurricane Katrina. These S&WB 'Katrina Heroes' literally risked their lives and their personal safety to salvage and repair the vital Sewerage & Water Board facilities and equipment that made it possible to dewater the city in only 11 days after the levee breaches were repaired. Also included is Executive Director Cedric Grant who talks about the Sewerage and Water Board unsung Katrina Heroes and his vision for progress and change in the agency's future.