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08/27/2015 10:02 am ET

These Are The Forgotten Images Of Hurricane Katrina

In 2015, any one of these pictures would go viral. In 2005, they slipped through the cracks.

When Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast in 2005, photojournalists captured things nobody ever thought they'd see in a major U.S. city: homes submerged, dead bodies in the streets and residents stranded on rooftops pleading for rescue.

Ten years ago, smartphones and social networks didn't have anything like the reach they have today. As a result, many of these photos haven't been widely seen -- until now. Together they offer a glimpse of the horror and devastation the storm brought to the U.S.

WARNING: This post contains images that some readers may find disturbing.

  • A man clings to the top of a vehicle before being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from the flooded streets of New Orleans in
    Robert Galbraith/Reuters/Corbis
    A man clings to the top of a vehicle before being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 4, 2005.
  • A house swept off its foundation by rushing waters from a levy breach several blocks away sits atop a truck in the Lower 9th
    J.P. Moczulski/Reuters/Corbis
    A house swept off its foundation by rushing waters from a levy breach several blocks away sits atop a truck in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood of New Orleans, Sept. 19, 2005. 
  • Seven pit bull dogs that had survived in a cage in a New Orleans neighborhood and were rescued by New Orleans police officers
    Cheryl Diaz Meyer/Dallas Morning News/Corbis
    Seven pit bull dogs that had survived in a cage in a New Orleans neighborhood and were rescued by New Orleans police officers accompanied by New York volunteers are turned over to the U.S. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005.
  • Armed Texas game wardens surround a group of individuals who stole a mail truck to escape the flooded areas of New Orleans Ea
    Rick Wilking/Reuters/Corbis
    Armed Texas game wardens surround a group of individuals who stole a mail truck to escape the flooded areas of New Orleans East, Aug. 31, 2005. The people were freed but had to continue on foot.
  • Mark Benton, of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, helps to rescue 3-month-old Ishmael Sullivan from a schoo
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    Mark Benton, of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, helps to rescue 3-month-old Ishmael Sullivan from a school rooftop after he and his mother were trapped with dozens of others in high water from Hurricane Katrina, Aug. 30, 2005, in New Orleans. 
  • The Interstate 90 bridge over St. Louis Bay in Pass Christian, Mississippi, is folded and destroyed from the high wind and wa
    Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images
    The Interstate 90 bridge over St. Louis Bay in Pass Christian, Mississippi, is folded and destroyed from the high wind and waves of Hurricane Katrina, Aug. 30, 2005.
  • Fire rescue officials talk as they check on the body of a man killed in a car accident when he lost control of his vehicle as
    Marc Serota/Reuters/Corbis
    Fire rescue officials talk as they check on the body of a man killed in a car accident when he lost control of his vehicle as Hurricane Katrina struck on the I-10 highway outside of Pensacola, Florida, Aug. 29, 2005. 
  • Residents wait to be rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Sept. 1, 2005. 
    David J. Phillip/Reuters/Corbis
    Residents wait to be rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Sept. 1, 2005. 
  • Residents wait on a rooftop to be rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Sept. 1, 2005. 
    David J. Phillip/Reuters/Corbis
    Residents wait on a rooftop to be rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Sept. 1, 2005. 
  • Chickasaw Nation search and rescuer Casey Kelley, of Ada, Oklahoma, can only watch as his rescue boat makes its way past a ho
    Barbara Davidson/Dallas Morning News/Corbis
    Chickasaw Nation search and rescuer Casey Kelley, of Ada, Oklahoma, can only watch as his rescue boat makes its way past a home with a dead body floating in the front yard in New Orleans, Sept. 7, 2005. At this stage in the search and rescue operations, few dead bodies were being recovered because all efforts were going toward finding the living. 
  • A helicopter flies over residents waiting to be evacuated from the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sept. 1, 2005. 
    David J. Phillip/Reuters/Corbis
    A helicopter flies over residents waiting to be evacuated from the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sept. 1, 2005. 
  • A residential area in Gulfport, Mississippi, is seen inundated with shipping containers, RVs and boats, all washed
    Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images
    A residential area in Gulfport, Mississippi, is seen inundated with shipping containers, RVs and boats, all washed ashore by Hurricane Katrina, on Aug. 30, 2005. 
  • Separated by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Constance Essex (right) is reunited with her son, William Essex, and her fat
    Mary Knox Merrill/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images
    Separated by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Constance Essex (right) is reunited with her son, William Essex, and her father, Charles Essex, at Camp Edwards in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Sept. 16, 2005. Constance maintained her post as a prison guard in Louisiana and evacuated the area with prisoners while her family was forced out of their New Orleans home when the levees broke. 
  • A McDonald's lies in ruins across from the beach and Highway 90 on Aug. 30, 2005, in Biloxi, Mississippi. 
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    A McDonald's lies in ruins across from the beach and Highway 90 on Aug. 30, 2005, in Biloxi, Mississippi. 
  • A truck maneuvers around a large fuel tank, carried by floodwaters onto Interstate 10 near Gulfport, Mississippi, on Aug. 29,
    Matthew Cavanaugh/EPA/Corbis
    A truck maneuvers around a large fuel tank, carried by floodwaters onto Interstate 10 near Gulfport, Mississippi, on Aug. 29, 2005. 
  • A Navy helicopter drops boxes of food and bottled water onto the roof of a public school for a man in New Orleans' flooded 9t
    Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News/Getty Images
    A Navy helicopter drops boxes of food and bottled water onto the roof of a public school for a man in New Orleans' flooded 9th Ward on Sept. 5, 2005. 
  • Cpl. Karl Krebsbach carries a tattered and muddied American flag he found as he and other Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Ca
    Linda Rosier/NY Daily News/Getty Images
    Cpl. Karl Krebsbach carries a tattered and muddied American flag he found as he and other Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, patrol the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood for a second time to search for signs of life in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 23, 2005. 
  • A statue of Jefferson Davis is seen with a Confederate flag that came to rest in the statue's hand, having been blown th
    Marianne Todd/Getty Images
    A statue of Jefferson Davis is seen with a Confederate flag that came to rest in the statue's hand, having been blown there by the winds of Katrina, Sept. 12, 2005 in Biloxi, Mississippi. 
  • A coffin displaced by the floodwaters following Hurricane Katrina sits on the side of Highway 23 on Sept. 7, 2005. 
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    A coffin displaced by the floodwaters following Hurricane Katrina sits on the side of Highway 23 on Sept. 7, 2005. 
  • A dog sits stranded on a rooftop in the flooded Lower 9th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005.
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    A dog sits stranded on a rooftop in the flooded Lower 9th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005.
  • LEFT: A satellite view of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina, on March 9, 2005.RIGHT: A view of flooded New Orleans in the
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    LEFT: A satellite view of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina, on March 9, 2005.RIGHT: A view of flooded New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, on Aug. 31, 2005. 
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