When Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed New Orleans and the surrounding region five years ago, hundreds of thousands of lives were changed forever, in myriad ways. Hundreds died, but even among survivors, many lost all that was familiar. And recovery is a process that still goes on day by day.
Here are three stories of survival and readjustment, by Associated Press writers who tracked down individuals they had first met in Katrina's chaotic wake.
The Thomas family: Evacuated from Katrina's floods, now rooted in Arizona desert
Five years ago, the family had never seen a cactus up close. Mexican food meant Taco Bell. And the phrase "dry heat" would have been absurd. Back then, of course, they had never lived anywhere but Louisiana.