Hurricane Katrina is alive and still hurting heavy in the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents.
Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of the day this strong category 3 storm roared ashore between Slidell, La. and Waveland, Miss., bringing with it a 28-foot storm surge that changed the region's geography forever.
Recovery is far from complete still, like watching someone you love rebound from a massive stroke.
The grim statistics: On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina claimed at least 1,836 lives and devastated every coastal town in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Some 705 people are still missing, 275,000 houses destroyed, 15 million people affected. The economic impact of this, one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States, exceeded $150 billion.