It’s not always easy in the Big Easy

By Jennie McKee

No one expected recovery to be quick, but significant challenges remain

J. Ollie Edmunds Jr., MD, remembers how it was in August 2005. “Levees on the 17th Street canal broke and overtopped, releasing oily, brown, brackish water into more than 80 percent of the city of New Orleans,” he recalls. “The Superdome’s roof was ripped off, coffins floated out of graves, hospitals and orthopaedist’s offices were flooded, and the lower 9th ward looked like Hiroshima after the atomic bomb hit.”

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