After Katrina, New Orleanians Weigh Return to Home

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Louise Serpas, 74, stands in front of her home in St. Bernard Parish.

Louise Serpas, 74, stands in front of her home in St. Bernard Parish. She is living in the house, which has no electricity, water or sewer. Despite the risk it may be condemned, Serpas is paying workers to renovate her home. Jeff Brady, NPR hide caption

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Hurricane Katrina damaged an estimated 160,000 homes in New Orleans alone. Many remain empty, and their owners face a huge decision: whether to invest time and energy fixing up a home that may become worthless or cut their losses and find a new place to live.

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