Two years ago today, Katrina roared ashore and devastated a large part of the Gulf Coast. The next day, I posted some pictures that still take my breath away. Last year, the recovery had just begun. Today, we’re further along, but we’re not there yet.
But much of New Orleans still looks like a wasteland, with businesses shuttered and houses abandoned. Basic services such as schools, libraries, public transportation and childcare are at half their original levels and only two-thirds of the region’s licensed hospitals are open. Workers are often scarce. Rents have skyrocketed. Crime is rampant.
Along Mississippi’s 70-mile shoreline, harsh economic realities are hampering rebuilding. Cities like Biloxi and Pascagoula are making progress, but areas nearer to Katrina’s original landfall look barely improved, with most oceanfront lots still vacant and weedy.
Pam has a good overview, with links to several Gulf area blogs, at her place. Our memories are short, but the need remains. Let’s not forget.