This blog post will be updated throughout the day as the President travels to New Orleans to meet with the Mayor and residents who have rebuilt their lives since the storm. Stay tuned here for updates on the trip and to watch his remarks at 4:55 p.m. EDT.
10:45AM The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
11:00AM The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to New Orleans, Louisiana
12:20PM The President arrives in New Orleans, Louisiana
12:45PM The President meets with residents and youth, New Orleans, Louisiana
2:55PM The President participates in a resilience roundtable, Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center, New Orleans, LA
3:55PM The President delivers remarks, Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center, New Orleans, LA
5:00PM The President departs New Orleans en route to Washington, DC
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Since taking office, President Obama has made it a key priority to continue and expedite the recovery and rebuilding efforts since Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, by:
- Supporting the needs of survivors
- Bolstering the recovery efforts already underway by state, local, and federal officials by cutting red tape to deploy important resources quickly
- Investing in hard-hit communities
- Ensuring that affected communities build back stronger and more resilient
- The President has directed his Administration to take an all-of-nation approach — to work closely with and support the work of all of our partners, including state and local governments, tribal and volunteer organizations, the private sector, and families
10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast is building back stronger and more resilient:
98% of families displaced by Katrina are back in their homes.
We've provided more than $5.2 billion since 2009 for rebuilding schools, hospitals, roads, police and fire stations, and historic museums and buildings.
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