Friend & "Renaissance Woman" Michele Fry documented her trips to Slidell and Mandeville, La. in the early aftermath of hurricane Katrina in this photo-journal, here. She did such a fabulous job of visually capturing the story of her trek, that I felt as though I were really there. (There are also photographs of the damage to Waveland, Mississippi at her site).
In reminiscing on the one year anniversary of hurricane Katrina, Michele told me, "what I found missing in the news reports of the time, sad to say, was reporting on the enormous body of 'things that went right'. Not the charities and donations, but the construction 'stuff'. I can remember being totally upset at all the bitching and griping and blaming going on while the city was still flooded and people were being rescued from roofs, and even more later regarding debris pickup. While everybody else was complaining and finger-pointing, I was marveling at how swiftly people were being helped and the debris was being removed."
I agree with her focus on "what went right". It's also the theme of my 24 hour Hurricane Katrina Anniversary vigil and vision blitz.