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Residents mark 5th anniversary of Katrina

08-30-2010 08:57 BJT

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Gulf Coast residents are trying to put Hurricane Katrina behind them, marking its fifth anniversary by casting wreaths into the water to remember the hundreds killed.

In the badly-hit neighborhood of Lower 9th Ward, a procession marched to the top of a large rusty bridge, over the Industrial Canal, where a wreath was thrown in honor of the dead.

Since Katrina struck, 5 years ago, Lower 9th Ward has seen thousands of volunteers help clean up yards and rebuild homes and businesses. But despite these efforts, the revival is still not complete.

Recently, a plan to build a community center using US Department of Energy funds was announced. But overall, government aid has been limited. In many cases, residents have been left out of grants and programs to help people rebuild.



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