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Oklahoma Voices: Oklahoma Natives in New Orleans Reflect on Life Post-Katrina (Sep 03, 2007)
Itís been two years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, breaching levees and leaving much of New Orleans underwater, and life remains hard in the Big Easy. In the aftermath of whatís been called the worst natural disaster in American history, forty percent of the cityís residents moved away, and those whoíve returned battle high rents, rising insurance costs and few guarantees of protection from future storms. More than forty thousand families still live in FEMA trailers. Street crime is common. The murder rate is even higher than before the storm and is on track to become the highest in the nation. So why go back? For many residents of the Crescent City, the answer is simple. New Orleans is their adopted home, and they couldnít imagine living anywhere else.

Today we begin a two-part series featuring the voices and experiences of Oklahoma natives living in New Orleans post-Katrina. David Mitchell, Doris OíSullivan Spath and Nicole Barron (pictured above) of the OU Club of New Orleans discuss the process of rebuilding and how life is for them slowly returning to normal, as it was before the storm.

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