Looking Ahead

Some in the water's path did not want to leave; others are already planning their return. Still others are suspended in grief

Photographs for TIME by John Chiasson

"I do not feel threatened in my home from looters or anything like that."

Susan Ebel NEW ORLEANS A private chef, she feels lucky that her 150-year-old Garden District home "never lost a pane of glass." She resisted the idea of evacuation and sees shortages of ice and coffee as a "Zen experience."


"I will not be whipped. I will be back and record the history of this storm."

Charles Gray BAY...

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