Published: Aug 29, 2010 12:02 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 28, 2010 9:02 PM EDT

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - Hundreds of mourners have dropped notes, cards and letters into a steel-gray casket in a symbolic burial of Hurricane Katrina.

One letter written by a child in red crayon said: "Go away from us." Other notes remembered the 1,800 victims of Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and other areas five years ago.

When the casket was finally closed, people applauded. Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond says he has been to many funerals but this was the first time he had heard applause when the casket was closed.

The casket, along with some of the anger, grief and frustration, was interred Sunday under an appropriately dark sky as rain pounded umbrellas.