New Orleans Remembers Katrina, 8 Years Later15:30
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Two men paddle in high water after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, August 31, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (PRNewsFoto/PBS)
Two men paddle in high water after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, August 31, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (PRNewsFoto/PBS)

More than 1,800 people were killed by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods eight years ago.

New Orleans was one of the hardest-hit places, particularly its Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, where some of the city's poorest residents live. It's still struggling to recover.

But business leaders proudly point to how New Orleans has recently been designated a top boomtown and "aspirational" city in the U.S.

Journalist James O'Byrne says New Orleanians are more optimistic about their city now than they've ever been.

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This segment aired on August 29, 2013.

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