Survivors Mark the Anniversary of Katrina

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A year after one of the worst natural disasters in US history, what's left of the population of New Orleans turns its attention to rituals of mourning and celebrations of life.

In pockmarked neighborhoods choked with weeds, in church pews and at City Hall, residents will gather Tuesday for vigils marking the day one year ago when Hurricane Katrina slammed them.

They will ring bells to mark the moment one of the city's flood walls breached and water began to engulf the city.

In an age-old tradition, a jazz funeral will wind through downtown, beginning with a somber dirge and ending with a song of joy.

Nearly 16-hundred people died in Louisiana and only half the population of New Orleans has returned. Six city hospitals remain closed and only 54 of 128 public schools are expected to open this fall.

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