C. Ray Nagin

Like New Orleans after Katrina, Houston faces heartbreak, resilience and recovery following Harvey

Like New Orleans after Katrina, Houston faces heartbreak, resilience and recovery following Harvey

Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeastern Louisiana, residents of New Orleans braced themselves Tuesday as Tropical Storm Harvey threatened to unleash its fury on the city.

With memories of Katrina still enduring — the 1,500 people killed in Louisiana, the 200,000 structures damaged — there was widespread worry that Harvey’s strong rains could lead to another sad and saturated saga. A heavy storm already overwhelmed New Orleans’ flawed pumping system in early August, causing many of the city’s streets to flood.

But New Orleans residents know the drill. Katrina forced them to develop a tacit skill-set that has allowed them to pick up, recover...

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