On August 29, 2005, Nunez Community College and its entire service area was struck by Hurricane Katrina.
The Hurricane and subsequent flooding became the greatest natural disaster
in U.S. history. St. Bernard Parish, was almost completely decimated as it took a direct hit and suffered flood waters that in many areas did not recede for weeks. The first floor of every building on the Chalmette campus was flooded more than seven feet.
Despite dire predictions, the College presented a fall mini-semester within weeks of the disaster.
Nunez enrolled students in on-line classes, in classes at Slidell High School, and other locations. By the end of December, the Facilities Department, along with volunteer crews, had gutted the first floors of the buildings and
restored electricity, water, and sewer hook ups in the Arts, Sciences, & Technology Building. The College became an oasis in the ravaged parish and a catalyst for business and industry revitalization.
Nunez opened the campus for business in January of 2006 and resumed classes