232 Housing & Community Development in the Aftermath of Katrina and Rita In the Eye of the Storm: Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Capital City Melvin L. “Kip” Holden Hurricanes Katrina and Rita created the largest natural disaster in our nation’s history. In my state of Louisiana: • 780,000 residents were displaced. • 123,000 homes suffered major or severe damage. • 82,000 rental properties suffered major or severe damage. • More than 18,000 businesses were destroyed. • Louisiana suffered $25 billion in...