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Derrick Evans, in front of his destroyed home in Turkey Creek, a Reconstruction-era black settlement in Gulfport, Miss. Evans salvaged the sign after Hurricane Katrina tossed it off the posts in front of his home. Most of the area’s 300-400 residents descend from the original homesteaders--emancipated black landowners. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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Three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Deloris Barnes still has a tree on top of her house in the Turkey Creek area of Gulfport, Miss. Many of the houses were badly damaged by Katrina, but others were not. The storm’s destruction may work in favor of a move to help preserve the historical neighborhood. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers Emergency Operations engineers inspect damage to one of the levees near the 9th Ward in New Orleans. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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Emergency personnel wait in traffic to evacuate lower portions of New Orleans. The temporary patch to a levee was already leaking Thursday morning. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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New Orleans French Quarter residents Brian Sivillo, with saw, Jill Sanders and Jim Dugan prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Rita by covering broken windows damaged by Hurricane Katrina. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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New Orleans French Quarter resident Jill Sanders watches rain pour into her attic as she works to patch leaks with the help of neighbor Jim Dugan. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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New Orleans French Quarter resident Margaret Collier watches rain arrive. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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A view of the still-wet 9th Ward in New Orleans. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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Miguel Guerrero works to complete Mobile Homes supplied by FEMA at the Interstate 59 Mobile Home Park in Pearl River, La., just north of Slidell. This is the first of many sites FEMA will be using to house thousands of evacuees. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
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