Post-Katrina: New Orleans 'America's Comeback City'

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Eight years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, New Orleans is on the rebound.

Parts of the city still show signs of the massive damage the storm left behind, but no one can deny it has been one of the largest and most successful rebuilding efforts in U.S. history.

Thousands of people were trapped in their homes when the levees broke and floodwaters rose in September 2005.

Federal, state and local authorities were all sharply criticized for their early responses to the devastation. More than 1,800 people lost their lives in and around New Orleans and along the Mississippi's Gulf Coast.

Katrina's damage estimates go as high as $150 billion when they include rebuilding costs. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal now calls New Orleans "America's comeback city."

"Hurricane Katrina was a terrible and devastating storm that brought us to our knees, but it didn't shake our resolve," Jindal said.

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