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Katrina 5 Years Later: The Monumental Tasks of Clean-up and Recovery

Lower Ninth Ward; file photoUpon the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, the NewsHour is looking back at some our coverage of what people in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have done to clean up from the storm and rebuild their homes, businesses and lives. Here are some highlights:

Nov. 8, 2005: Disagreement Over Whether New Orleans Is Safe
A science unit report looks at the environmental cleanup in New Orleans after Katrina. Federal and state officials are at odds with environmental groups over dangers posed by toxins in and around houses.

Feb. 9, 2006: Landlords, Musician Seek Normalcy in New Orleans
Five months after Hurricane Katrina, two reports from New Orleans track one family’s struggle over whether to move back and a prominent musician’s battle to retain the city’s jazz tradition.

March 20, 2006: In Mississippi, Signs of Recovery Amid Enormous Task of Rebuilding
The coastal town of Pass Christian has been struggling with the rebuilding process as it faces challenges raising revenue and keeping residents.

Aug. 24, 2006: New Orleans Still Recovering One Year Later
A year after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans residents find that despite promises of aid from local, state and federal governments, the city still lacks adequate medical care and other basic services.

Aug. 25, 2006: Reminders of Katrina Linger on Mississippi Coast
One year after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, infrastructure remains in disarray and businesses are still suffering in parts of the state.

Dec. 21, 2006: Small Businesses Struggling for Survival
As businesses in New Orleans struggle to survive Katrina’s mighty blow, Gov. Kathleen Blanco announced a plan to provide interest-free loans and $100 million of federal grant money for small businesses in New Orleans.

June 19, 2008: New Orleans Still Struggles with Hurricane Debris
Nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the city is still coping with the toxic debris the storm left behind. Betty Ann Bowser reports on the city’s ongoing controversy over landfills.

Aug. 20, 2008: Three Years After Katrina, No Easy Road to Recovery for New Orleans
Three years after Hurricane Katrina, President Bush visited New Orleans, saying he saw “signs of progress” in the city. Times-Picayune Editor Jim Amoss reflects on the anniversary.

Sept. 1, 2008: Hurricane Gustav Tests Gulf Coast Preparedness
As Hurricane Gustav lashed the Gulf Coast with wind and rain, experts examine the region’s storm preparedness three years after Hurricane Katrina.

Jan. 2, 2009: Documentary Traces Family’s Struggle After Katrina
Herbert Gettridge struggled for years to rebuild his home in the lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. Producer June Cross describes how she documented Gettridge’s story in “The Old Man and the Storm.”