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-- marks five years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast and who can ever forget these heartbreaking images of people.
Touring their flooded communities by both.
Wondering just how they would come up with the money to restore it well billions in aid has actually poured in but is it working.
Trace Gallagher is live for the superdome with that -- with the actress.
-- Greg you -- -- some sound in the background you'll notice we are also sharing the field today would Tulane University is they practice it's one more sign the superdome really is coming back to life mean.
You have to think back five years ago after Katrina there was talk about abandoning the superdome talk about the New Orleans Saints may be going away.
Will now they have put 220.
Into this facility make -- a world class once again the seats are all new you've got new press boxes restaurants and clubs and then rebuild.
I mean you look at the overall even the outside the shell has been replaced but you go back.
Five years ago this week in you can remember kind of coming inside this building and seeing the chaos.
And seeing big controversy 20000.
Were brought inside -- there were cops all over the field.
And the trash it started piling up in the hall ways you'd walk in the bathrooms they were filthy the toilets were overflowing.
This smell inside this building is something that Q.
Easily cannot forget you also have -- -- look at the reports of crime when those 20000 evacuees were here there were reports of rape and murder and suicide most of those turned out to be false but the nightmare.
Was very much a reality.
I don't want you to sound -- -- to a man who was a huge war on saints fan.
But he was evacuated here -- the -- spend time in here and he cannot bear to bring himself back in this building.
The other is from a historian the kind of puts the resurgence back in context listen.
When -- -- now I can sometimes.
To fight fair.
Individual situations in my head you know and I don't feel good -- -- the don't think I'm not if you don't you don't restored.
You know that you expect to receive prominent 55 of course within me.
He became a symbol of a broken New Orleans.
Something -- the city that you know -- -- maintenance itself.
Now after the states won the super dome and they -- I mean and of saints won the Super Bowl.
And this superdome is having real lift its kind of become I symbol of the comeback.
Yeah did you hear that it was a symbol of the broken New Orleans and now you know you talks about how the saints.
Have really made this into a comeback city this saints almost one away and now they are the defending Super Bowl champion so.
As many people look back five years ago on 20000 evacuees coming into this building.
And focusing on how much they lost.
Now on this building Greg is all about winning it's all about victory but the city of new war.
-- traced it I was reading today 27% of the homes are still empty and about a 100000 people have yet to come back.
So they're down in terms of population.
That's gotta hurt the economy in some ways right.
Oh it hurts the economy and that's the bad side of this whole stories -- talk about the flood walls are being rebuilt 350 miles of flood walls and levees and storm surge barriers that's a good story that story is you go down in the Ninth Ward like we did a couple of days ago.
5300 homes down there were under water between three and eighteen feet of water now five years later only 24%.
Of those -- you're exactly right have been repaired or rebuilt many people simply just decided.
Not to come back now.
The thing is many of those people didn't come back and they were concerned about the levees breaking again.
And none of those levees are getting stronger the belief here in New Orleans is that people will start coming back to saint Bernard parish and coming back to the Ninth Ward and that would we do that ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
That the landscape will look much different than it does today well -- the Army Corps of Engineers -- certainly have picked up its act especially after a federal judge recently concluded.
It was the Army Corps of Engineers fall they were negligent in the design and maintenance of those -- I'll leave that for another time to Trace Gallagher on the field.
At the superdome.
Looking good there -- thanks so much.
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