Hurricane Katrina's destructive power reached beyond New Orleans into small towns on Louisiana's southern shores. Damage to oyster beds has sunk the regional economy, but not the spirit of the local citizens.
Stu Seidel, NPR
Gulf waters that once produced bumper crops now yield only a few healthy oysters.
Ned Wharton produced the radio story. Michael Taylor and Claudine Ebeid produced the Web feature.
Before the hurricane arrived, Maria Labutte, her daughter Anna and their three dogs lived in New Orleans. They had moved there a year earlier from Connecticut. Labutte, originally from the French-speaking Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, was excited to find a new home with a French familiarity.
But like many others in Louisiana, after the storm Labutte found herself homeless... until she met Sarah Voisin, who helped her find a new home and community in Houma.