‘For a lot of people, this is PTSD’: 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, flooding in New Orleans reignites residents’ anxiety

By Tim Craig

NEW ORLEANS — After Hurricane Katrina destroyed his house and forced him to flee to nearby Baton Rouge, Ronald Williams spent a dozen years waiting for the right time to go home. Seven months ago, after repeated government promises that New Orleans was once again about as flood-proof as the city can get, Williams finally got up the nerve to return.

But on Saturday, from the steps of his new rental home, Williams watched water again pour through the city’s streets after a...

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