Hurricane Katrina slammed into Mississippi and Louisiana last Aug. 29, killing over 1,000 people, leaving nearly 80 percent of New Orleans under water and devastating Gulf Coast communities.

Having spent the last eight months in the Gulf as part of a catastrophe team representing the Hurricane Insurance Information Center, I’ve traveled extensively through areas devastated by Katrina, including Gulfport/Biloxi in Mississippi, as well as the Lower Ninth Ward, Orleans East, Chalmette and St. Bernard’s parishes in Louisiana.

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