When Katrina hit, Allison Good was a sophomore in high school living in the suburbs. Her family’s home was flooded with 6 feet of water, and along with their possessions, she also lost her two cats. Despite the grief of losing all that—and being displaced for four months—Allison cultivated a deep appreciation for New Orleans culture that she’d never had before. But years later, it became harder to have a rosy outlook on the impact of Katrina. Her parents had sheltered her from news coverage at the time, so seeing photos and video of the horror and devastation the community endured was difficult years later.
I’ll be recovering for the rest of my life.
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