• At this time, state officials, working in conjunction with coroners from local parishes have confirmed885 deaths.


  • These numbers have been reported to state officials by local coroners.


  • A breakdown of these deaths is as follows:

701 are at the morgue in St. Gabriel

Parish Coroners:

      Ascension -- 5

Assumption -- 2

East Baton Rouge – 72

Iberia – 6

Jefferson – 30

Lafourche -- 2

Livingston -- 5

Plaquemines -- 3

St. Charles – 8

St. Tammany – 7

Tangipahoa -- 26

Terrebonne -- 15

      West Baton Rouge – 3


  • Any death that is determined to have been caused as a result of Hurricane Katrina will be counted as a hurricane-related death. For example, this applies to people who drowned as well as people who required life-support but had it cut off and died as a result when power was lost during the storm.


  • A media briefing with Dr. Louis Cataldie, medical incident commander for the recovery of deceased victims of Hurricane Katrina, will take place Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. at the State Office of Emergency Preparedness Headquarters, 7667 Independence Blvd. in Baton Rouge.


  • At the briefing, Dr. Cataldie will answer questions regarding the recovery operation thus far, such as the number of bodies identified, causes of death that have been determined, a timeline for when family members can claim the body of their loved one and other information.