By The Times-Picayune
The Picayune Item
NEW ORLEANS —
In the early days after Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches, it was hard to imagine that New Orleans could rebound from such devastation. With 80 percent of the city under water and 200,000 homes across Southeast Louisiana in ruins, the task of rebuilding seemed overwhelming. But with the eighth anniversary of the disaster upon us, the transformation is stunning.
Recovery is evident in refurbished parks and repaired homes, in the expansion streetcars and renovations at Louis Armstrong International Airport, in the 72,000 Saints fans who fill the Superdome for every game and the 9 million tourists who visit each year.
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