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August 24th, 2009
08:19 AM ET

After the Storm: Signs of economic growth in New Orleans

Four years ago this week, New Orleans was decimated by Hurricane Katrina. 80 percent of the city was under water after the hurricane came roaring through.

According to the government, more than 1,800 lives were lost to Katrina, which caused an estimated $100 billion in damage. Many believed the city would never recover.

We're in New Orleans all this week for our special series "After The Storm." Today, CNN's Sean Callebs reports that while the rest of the country languishes in a recession, New Orleans actually shows signs of growth after Katrina.

Filed under: After the Storm
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Clay S. Conrad

    Mississippi received far more government aid, per dollar of damage, than Louisiana did. It was far easier for MIssissippi to rebuild as a result.

    Still, large swaths of Mississippi are still in shambles. The casinos rebuilt quickly, and being a cash cow, they revitalized certain small areas. But anyone who would have you think that the Mississippi Gulf Coast is in as good a condition it was in on 8.28.05 is either ignorant or lying.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  2. PJ

    As you interview people for this show, please do not limit it to the people who are still sucking on the public teat. They will tell you that there lives are still in shambles and nobody is helping them...yada, yada, yada. Granted there are still some who need and deserve help. However, most of the people I know who lead RESPONSIBLE lives have both recovered and moved on with their lives. There is still a segment out there who beleives the government is responsible for their lives.

    August 25, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  3. ms.c

    Mississippi had problems before Hurricane Katrina hit and as a result Haley Barbour has found new political life. Why any politician from the gulf states were re-elected is beyond any stretch of imagination. The right to vote is being subverted and when these natural disasters has people always trying to blame it on someone else. CNN was only reporting what is happening in a particular area. I can't remember what station it was but they were documenting how nicely things were being rebuilt in Mississippi and Haley Barbour was there smiling. Residents of those gulf states need to hold their elected officials feet to the fire and demand answers and when they are not forthcoming then vote them out. If the other person lacks experience, then the person in office lacks compassion. Make the choice.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  4. Stephanie Livermore

    DO NOT FORGET THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST!!! Katrina did not hit New Orleans, it hit Hancock & Harrison Counties in Mississippi!!! New Orleans was the victim of man made disasters, in corruption and political grandstanding!! Mississippi has been hard and strong on the recovery trail. Of course, where is the tragic story in that?? CNN can you put the whole truth out there??? PLEASE!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2009 at 9:03 am |