|Published:||Aug 29, 2010 8:38 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 29, 2010 5:38 PM EDT|
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Five years after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, people are pausing to remember and to mourn.
More than 1,800 lives were lost, and countless others changed. Eighty percent of New Orleans flooded when the levees failed.
Commemorations are planned from New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward to the Mississippi coast.
In Shell Beach, more than 100 people turned out in soggy weather for a memorial service. Officials read all 163 names on the marble wall honoring those who died in St. Bernard Parish.
A "healing ceremony" and march is being held in the Lower 9th Ward, where only about a quarter of the homes have been rebuilt.
Other events include a reunion of those who evacuated to the Superdome.