One Year Along the Road to Recovery

A year ago this week, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, cutting a swath of destruction across tens of thousands of square miles. Even people whose homes and workplaces were spared saw the havoc wreaked by the storm on family or friends and experienced lasting changes in the physical — and economic — landscape.

Many residents worked for the colleges and universities in the region that suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. In the weeks just after