The Gulf Coast, After the Deluge

The storms have gone, the flooding receded. Now, as citizens and officials face tough choices, the biggest wild card is New Orleans' mayoral election

Six months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the revelry of Mardi Gras in New Orleans in early March was more than just a colorful respite from the Gulf Coast's agonizing slog toward normalcy. It was also an indicator of how the Crescent City and surrounding areas may fare as rebuilding proceeds.

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