But Rogers seems less concerned about the potential physical devastation that Gustav might wreak; instead, he's concerned about killing the spirit of his hometown, a culturally rich place that's just beginning to refind its footing.
Rogers returned to his hometown after Katrina to take part in rebuilding the city. The momentum and energy, along with residents and tourism dollars, could be lost, he fears.
"I honestly feel that if the city floods like it did before, then that's pretty much it for New Orleans," he said.
ABC News' Scott Mayerowitz contributed to this report.