10 years later: UNCG professor's book documents Katrina recovery | News & Record


Ten years ago today, Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans. The Category 3 storm caused more than $100 billion worth of damage along the Gulf Coast, left 80 percent of the city under water and is blamed for the deaths of about 1,800 people in the region.

It remains the costliest storm to have hit the United States.

For six years, after the floodwaters receded, UNC-Greensboro professor Steve Kroll-Smith and two other sociologists interviewed dozens of residents of two New Orleans neighborhoods. Their new book, “Left to Chance,” documents the city’s long road to recovery through the eyes of those residents.

The book was personal for Kroll-Smith. Before coming to UNCG, he was a research professor at the University of New Orleans for about 10 years.

News & Record higher education reporter John Newsom talked earlier this week with Kroll-Smith at his office in Graham Hall. Here are some highlights of that conversation.

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