Palm trees bend and banners rip on Canal Street as Hurricane Katrina blows through New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005 — 10 years ago Saturday. Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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Paul and Lakeya Mazant met in 2007, during Mardi Gras, as New Orleans was reeling from the flooding after Hurricane Katrina. The couple — pictured with their son Paul, 1, and daughter Logan, 5 — say they couldn't imagine falling in love with someone who hadn't experienced the storm. Walter Ray Watson/NPR hide caption

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Water spills into New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward through a failed floodwall along the Industrial Canal on Aug. 30, 2005, a day after Hurricane Katrina tore through the city Pool/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Joel Munguia (center), owner of Chino's, a barbershop in Kenner, La., sits with his nephew, Waldyn Munguia (left), as they have a laugh outside on the waiting benches at the shop. Munguia came to New Orleans from Honduras in 2005 after Katrina and opened his dream shop for Latino hairstyles in 2012. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Johnny Jackson looks out the back door of his home as he talks to his neighbors in New Orleans. Jackson's home is still under construction 10 years after Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed his property. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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University Medical Center New Orleans on Aug. 1, when the $1 billion facility welcomed its first patients. Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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Angela Chalk looks at a home in New Orleans' 7th Ward that hasn't been touched since Hurricane Katrina. Chalk, the vice president of the 7th Ward neighborhood association, spends some of her free time tracking down and reporting dilapidated and abandoned properties. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks about New Orleans' emergence as a model of urban renewal and economic recovery 10 years after Hurricane Katrina during a visit Tuesday to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bobbie Jennings, 69, stands outside her home in the Harmony Oaks housing development in New Orleans. Jennings says that she misses the sense of community of the Magnolia projects, the nickname of the C.J. Peete projects that Harmony Oaks replaced. Edmund D. Fountain for NPR hide caption

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Chef Leah Chase, 92, here in the kitchen of Dooky Chase, had no qualms about rebuilding the restaurant her father-in-law opened in 1941 in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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