September 12 - 2005: Hurricane Katrina refugees arrive here

Cape hosts over 200 at Mass. Military Reservatiopn in Bourne
Return from Katrina: Congressman William Delahunt and Rear Adm. David Pekoske, Coast Guard First District Commander, welcome home six HH-60 Jayhawk aircrewmen from the Gulf Coast region after a week-long deployment.

2005: Katrina refugees arrive on Cape Cod

On this day in 2005, refugees from Hurricane Katrina began arriving on Cape Cod.

The story in the Christian Science Monitor that day started:

The great Katrina migration

In just 14 days, the hurricane scattered as many as 1 million evacuees across the US, the largest dislocation in 150 years

Rhode Island has more than 100 evacuees in Navy housing. Ohio has 20 in Red Cross shelters, plus almost 2,000 staying with relatives or friends. California has 807 families in hotels, while Massachusetts is putting up some 200 individuals at an old military base on Cape Cod.

States on the edge of the devastated area have larger numbers, of course, with 50,000 in Arkansas and 200,000 in Texan shelters and homes. Two weeks after it blew through the US Gulf Coast, it's clear that hurricane Katrina has resulted in the largest displacement of Americans in 150 years - if not the largest ever. The scale is monumental. It's as if the entire Dust Bowl migration occurred in 14 days, or the dislocations caused by the Civil War took place on fast-forward.

Many evacuees are putting down roots in new areas and say they'll never return. Others face months of a temporary existence before they can go home. Whatever they do, the nation may never be the same, as a smaller New Orleans rises up from its ruins, and bits of Creole culture are seeded from East coast to West...


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