Considered one of the three most intense hurricanes to hit the United States. On Sunday, August 29, 2005, the Category 3 storm nearly devastated the City of Long Beach. Storm surge exceeded 28 feet. Six lives lost and 60 businesses in commercial district destroyed or closed in aftermath. 715 single-family homes demolished. Entire neighborhoods south of CSX Railroad tracks completely
leveled. Long Beach harbor sustained major damage. 12 municipal buildings destroyed or heavily damaged Harper McCaughan Elementary School on Jeff Davis Avenue damaged beyond repair. Total of 4,745 properties damaged in excess of $364.9 million.
After being battered by wind, rain, and storm surge, Long Beach and its residents almost immediately began to receive help from volunteers. Churches, civic clubs, college groups, charitable organizations, and Individuals from across America formed clean-up teams, chain-saw teams, and home repair teams to assist residents. Distribution centers for water and hot meals and first-aid emergency medical centers, manned by volunteers, were opened across the city. Federal and State personnel provided planning consultants and authorized grants to help rebuild central business district, construct new municipal buildings,
and replace miles of damaged underground sewerage and water lines.