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message 1: by RandomAnthony (last edited Aug 23, 2010 04:30AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments A slew of media coverage on the five year anniversary of Katrina run this week, including what looks like a strong National Geographic special.

What are your thoughts on Katrina five years later? Should New Orleans rebuild? Should they give up on that area? What do you remember? Has anyone been to New Orleans since Katrina? What's it like?

Two quick thoughts:

1. I could easily see myself as one of those people who tried to gut out the storm and failed, e.g. "it's just a storm, I know they're saying to evacuate, but let's stay here...it's just a storm."

2. I remember when a foreign government (don't remember which one) tried to help, and we wouldn't let them (that could be an oversimplification), and how stupid I felt as a member of the international community.


message 2: by Cambridge (new)

Cambridge (hsquare) | 509 comments How can we have a rover on Mars, men having walked on the moon and Ground Zero not rebuilt or New Orleans thriving with buildings again . . . I cannot comprehend.

Technology and procedures are possible to implement to keep lives safe . . . Humans are never fail proof however :(

message 3: by ms.petra (new)

ms.petra (mspetra) I find it interesting that other parts of the Gulf Coast that were totally devastated have been rebuilt and are functioning economically. I think that says something about the local government in N.O.

message 4: by Heidi (last edited Aug 23, 2010 07:42AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments ms.petra wrote: "I find it interesting that other parts of the Gulf Coast that were totally devastated have been rebuilt and are functioning economically. I think that says something about the local government in N.O."

That's not true. The south Louisiana area, as a whole... as well as the Mississippi coast still looks pretty pitiful. I visit frequently - I have family there. When we visit family, we'll head east from Houston... and nothing's changed, not in the unpopulated areas. The drive from Houston to Lake Charles; between Lake Charles, Louisiana and headed east towards New Orleans... you can still see large piles of debris littered along the highway, several feet high. And whole stretches of flat areas where there's no vegetation, no commercialization where it once was, large sparse concrete slabs that used to be parking lots, etc. I grew up in the N.O. area.

I spent my childhood vacations in Biloxi, Mississippi and in Vicksburg. It's not the same... it's not thriving. Casinos. That's all they've got. But for the most part, it's lost it's appeal to families and for vacationing. It's crazy saddening to see. They're ALL struggling to recover from this.

I can't even begin to describe the grief I experienced when the levees broke and flooded the city... not hearing from family and friends because they had no cell phone use, hearing about the inflated prices ($75 for a rake), and the opportunists who took advantage of a large population of people while they were down, volunteering at the Red Cross here with the evacuees because I felt helpless to do anything and doing nothing while waiting was something I just couldn't tolerate... and then not long after the flooding, my family evacuated to here to escape Hurricane Rita which was headed to Lafayette, then Houston, then Lafayette again... That was a scary year for me.

message 5: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7073 comments We took the girls to New Orleans last summer for a 3-day weekend. Hubby and I had been there for conferences 3 times, all pre-Katrina. We spent most of our time in the Garden District and the French Quarter. As we were leaving town to go to the airport, our cab driver told us he and his family were thrilled to be moving out of their FEMA trailer (after four YEARS) and back into their rebuilt/renovated house. He was worn down, but surprisingly not bitter. He said very few homes in his neighborhood had been rebuilt.

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