Hurricane Betsy hit Louisiana on September 9, 1965. It was the first Atlantic storm to produce over $1 billion in damages, and caused between 70 and 80 deaths. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed the Hurricane Protection Program as a result of the storm’s impact on New Orleans levees. Betsy began as a tropical wave southwest of Cape Verde on August 23, 1965. It hit the Bahamas as a category 3 hurricane in early September, stalling for several days and inflicting the most damage during the period of time between September 6 and September 8. From there, the storm moved along the coast of Florida, causing flooding in the low-lying coastal areas of the region. Betsy made landfall in New Orleans on September 9, 1965 as a category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds reaching up to 140 mph as it moved across the state. Betsy’s storm surge reached Lake Pontchartrain, and levees along some of New Orleans’ canals failed. An estimated 164,000 homes were flooded, with most located in the Lower Ninth Ward, and it was 10 days before the waters subsided. Within 24 hours of the storm’s landfall, President Johnson visited New Orleans at the behest of Russell Long and promised the city federal aid.
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