President Bush measures the progress of recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast, on the eve of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — the worst natural disaster in at least a century. The president's stops included Gulfport, Miss., and Biloxi.
The president is scheduled to meet with local officials and spend the night in New Orleans, where he'll tour flood-damaged areas still struggling in the aftermath of the storm.
After an initial tour, President Bush said, "And so I've come back on this anniversary to thank you for your courage and let you know that the federal government stands with you still."
The president is spending the night in New Orleans, where vast neighborhoods remain nearly uninhabited after levee breaks flooded much of the city.
In Hurricane Katrina and the days that followed, more than 1,700 people died. According to FEMA, almost 1.2 million housing units were damaged or destroyed.