If anyone attending SBL would like to see some of the lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina, I can offer you one suggestion. You can MapQuest this address from your hotel:
2313 Gallant Dr.
Chalmette, LA 70043
Then, you can drive and see the empty slab that is all that is left of my childhood home. One of my best friends and college roommates, Matt Faust, made a short film called Home, which won the short film award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Here’s a link to his blog where I think the picture in the top left hand corner gives you a bit of idea of how if feels when you’re looking at an empty slab is all that is left of your home.
The further you get out of the city the more lasting effects you will find.