Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore is in the city this weekend to commemorate the anniversary.
More than 1,800 people died in the storm. Breaches in the Industrial Canal as well as the 17th Street, London Avenue and Orleans Avenue canals left much of New Orleans under water.
Honore said this year he's focused on environmental justice.
"The focus now is on protecting our environment," he said. "One of the impacts of Katrina that we've come to understand is on the impacts of our wetlands. Some of that associated with levees, some of that associated with oil and gas exploration, which has added much to our economy but has come at a cost because it let the saltwater intrusion, so we're losing a lot of our coastland that protect us from storms."
On Saturday, Honore will speak on environmental issues affecting Louisiana at the Green Army Katrina Breakfast at Xavier University.