CONGRESSMAN CHRIS VAN HOLLEN
Maryland’s 8th District
For Immediate Release
August 28, 2015
Van Hollen Statement on Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Washington, DC – Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall along the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005:
“Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast – causing so much death and such widespread destruction that it devastated our entire nation. This vibrant region, defined by its embrace of life and communities that treat neighbors as family, has made a remarkable comeback. Yet our work is far from over.
“This tragedy truly laid bare just how vulnerable we are when we ignore economic inequality and chronic poverty, our crumbling infrastructure, and the power of our risings seas. We cannot lose sight of the task at hand.
“On this anniversary, we must redouble our efforts to tackle the issues of poverty, education, and access to health care. We must make the necessary investments in our national infrastructure – not just to handle storms, but to rebuild crumbling roads and bridges. And we cannot ignore the pressing need to combat climate change.
“Together, we must build the strongest communities possible so this great nation can weather any storm that comes our way.”