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It's been 5 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, devastating New Orleans
Much of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans have come back from the brink of disaster in the five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, but part of the damage is still evident. This is especially clear in the Lower 9th Ward, where only about a quarter of the 5,400 homes there before the storm have been rebuilt. In 2006, Douglas Brinkley, who was teaching at the University of New Orleans in 2005, wrote a singular book about the storm, “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” and he joins us with a look back at the problems and progress of rebuilding.
Douglas Brinkley, Presidential Historian and Professor of History at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast