Early in the morning on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in the United States. When the storm made landfall, it had a Category 3 rating, bringing sustained winds of up to 140 mph spanning 400 miles across. The storm and its aftermath was catastrophic. Katrina caused more than $100 billion in damage.
Levee breaches led to massive flooding leaving hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama displaced from their homes. The Vermont Guard was activated and on site in one weeks time. They assisted local officials with security efforts and the Red Cross at several sites in Louisiana.