I'm convinced.. Hurricane Katrina singlehandedly changed the Gulf Coast for years to come. With the Atlantic Ocean being in a 20-30 year cycle of increased tropical activity (FYI, it's not global warming) chances are this area is going to get hit again in the next few years, which is definitely before they will have a chance to recover from this storm. We're still recovering from the four hurricanes last year here in Central FL.
Just look at the video (about 20 minutes) on this page: http://www.wlbt.com
I don't know how long they will have an active link to it, but it's worth looking at to be recognized of your miniscule existence against the forces of Nature.