New Orleans mayor praises post-Katrina change
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is on the right track nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina but points to coastal erosion as a major threat to the city's future.
Landrieu sat down with The Associated Press ahead of the anniversary to discuss the storm, the recovery and the city's future.
The mayor says the city isn't perfect, but it's in a much better position than it was before. People are moving back to New Orleans, and property values are on the rise.
But he says that if the state's coast continues to erode, it will threaten the city's future.
Louisiana loses an estimated 17 square miles a year of coastal wetlands that used to serve as a buffer between the city and hurricanes.