Church bells ring to mark 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival on Mississippi coast

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NEW ORLEANS  — People across the Gulf Coast are commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with somber remembrances of those lost and uplifting celebrations of the region’s recovery.

Churches along coastal Mississippi tolled their bells in unison this morning to mark the 10th anniversary of the day that Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Events are being held across Mississippi and Louisiana to honor those who died, thank those who came to rebuild and celebrate how far the region has come since the hurricane struck.

The hurricane’s force and flooding ultimately caused more than 1,800 deaths across the region and roughly $151 billion in damage.

In Mississippi, churches will ring their bells to remember when the storm made landfall. And Biloxi’s MGM Park will hold a memorial service and concert.

In New Orleans officials laid wreaths at the hurricane memorial and at the levee that ruptured in the Lower 9th Ward.

Former president Bill Clinton is one of the dignitaries expected to speak at an event honoring those who helped the city recover.

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