New Orleans Then and Now: In Katrina's Wake

Photos: New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina, Then and Now
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A birthday party (top) enlivens a New Orleans porch in July 2006. A house fire formed a backdrop for the same porch (bottom) on September 6, 2005, eight days after Hurricane Katrina struck the city.

In the days following Katrina's landfall, fire companies struggled to extinguish blazes in a city with no water pressure. As late as August 21, 2006, "water pressure is so bad in parts of the city that officials have helicopters on standby to haul lake water to douse fires," the Associated Press reported.

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