August 29, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and decimated huge areas, including New Orleans.
But the real tragedy was how poorly the Federal response to the emergency played out. Five years later, they're still trying to get back to normal.
Spazeboy made a trip down there earlier this year, to help out the rebuilding of the city. Be sure to visit LowerNine.org if you'd like to contribute to actual volunteer efforts to rebuild the damaged ward. They do great work and are already making a real difference.