New Orleans Set To Mark Ten Years Since Katrina

    This combination of Aug. 30, 2005 and July 29, 2015 photos shows downtown New Orleans floolded by Hurricane Katrina and the same area a decade later. New Orleans has grown since Katrina but is still smaller than before the storm. Estimated population in 2014 was 384,320 compared to 494,294 in 2005. In 2014, the city climbed back into the nation's 50 most populous cities for the first time since Katrina. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Communities around the U.S. Gulf coast are set to mark ten years, this weekend, since the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina destroyed homes, businesses and lives. Perhaps the most infamous of disasters were the levee breaches in New Orleans, those left neighborhoods underwater which still have not regained their population or stature.

    FOX News Radio’s Eben Brown reports from New Orleans.

    The Lower Ninth Ward was always known as a low-income African-American neighborhood, but due to generationally-owned homes, it had the highest level of African-American home ownership in the nation. But, those families have been paying rent all these years, waiting to rebuild.

    10 years following Hurricane Katrina our maps show there changing landscape of the population distribution and housing losses; 3c x 9 inches; 146 mm x 228 mm;

    (Paul) “If they’re spending $750 a month in rent, which is a very conservative average estimate, by the time the anniversary hits they will have spent $90,000 living, trying to get back in their homes.”

    That, says Laura Paul of lowernine.org is roughly the cost to repair a home already paid for.

    In New Orleans, Eben Brown, FOX News Radio. 

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