As the floodwaters recede and search-and-rescue operations slow, attention turns to assessing the damage and looking at long-term prospects in the Gulf Coast region. We look at what the stories of other disaster-sticken communities can teach us about the future for Katrina's victims.
Walter Peacock, director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University; author of Hurricane Andrew: Ethnicity, Gender and the Sociology of Disaster
Chuck Cantasano, resident of Port Charlotte, Fla.; has spent 13 months rebuilding home due to Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm that hit Florida in 2004
Rick Duquette, city administrator of Grand Forks, N.D.
Casey Green, head of Special Collections at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas; co-editor of Through a Night of Horrors: Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm