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New Orleans still coping with aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

by Brand & Martínez

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. Mario Tama/Getty Images

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.

Read an excerpt of "The Fight for Home"


Daniel Wolff, author of The Fight for Home: How Parts of New Orleans Came Back

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