An empty casket honoring children killed by Hurricane Katrina is taken by horse-drawn carriage after a service at St. Paul's Church of God in Christ in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Eldridge Young, whose house was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, sings during services at New Israel Baptist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana. The church was flooded with 13 feet of water during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina but has since rebuilt.
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Hurricane Katrina survivor Robert Green Sr. (C), whose mother and granddaughter died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, looks on with Veronica Henry after Green led a traditional second line parade in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana
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A full rainbow arches over downtown on the fith anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Seven years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina stuck the Gulf Coast. It's one of the deadliest disasters in U.S. history, and it left more than 1,800 people dead from the storm and the flooding that followed.
For residents of New Orleans, Katrina left homes, streets and sometimes even entire neighborhoods in ruin. This was especially true for the Lower Ninth Ward, already one of the city's poorest areas.
It was in during the first months after the storm that writer Daniel Wolff started making regular trips to that neighborhood.
His new book, "The Fight for Home: How Parts of New Orleans Came Back," follows residents as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Wolff told me the idea came after he and documentary film maker Jonathan Demme saw the destruction first hand. Wolff will reading from his new book at Vroman's in Pasadena tonight at 7 p.m.
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