1965 – Hurricane Betsy hits New Orleans

Hurricane Betsy was the most destructive hurricane of its day, the first in history to cause more than a billion dollars of property damage in the Atlantic region. It developed on August 27 the east of the Windward Isles, and finally dissipated on September 12, four days after making landfall in New Orleans.

The storm made landfall in the Bahamas, narrowly missed the southern tip of Florida, and hit New Orleans on September 9. Much like Katrina, forty years later, the storm destroyed many houses in the poorer more low lying regions, and breached the levees, leading to extensive flooding. A total of 76 people were confirmed killed in Hurricane Betsy, although the full toll may be higher.

Referenced in:

Hurricane Betsy — Lightnin’ Hopkins
Georgia… Bush — DJ Drama & Lil’ Wayne

2005 – Hurricane Katrina destroys much of New Orleans

At 6:10AM on the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made a landfall on the Louisiana coast near Buras-Triumph. After moving along the coast, it made another landfall near the border of Louisiana and Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina was the most destructive natural disaster to strike the United States in recorded history. The confirmed death toll was 1836 (in May 2006), however this is a conversative estimate, and does not include more than 700 people missing, nor indirect deaths.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency displayed a level of incompetence that was close to unbelievable. The level of it was such that corruption or deliberate malice seemed more likely explanation, just as this song suggests:

Referenced in:

George Bush Don’t Like Black People – The Legendary K.O.