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  • ABC News commissioned New Orleans photographer William Widmer to visit three neighborhoods in New Orleans immediately adjacent to levees that failed due to Katrina – the Lower 9th Ward, Gentilly and Lakeview. </br></br>Pictured: A view of Jourdan Avenue from the Industrial Canal at sunrise, Aug. 2, 2015, in the Lower 9th Ward. Many of the new houses in the area were built through Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation.
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  • Ten years after the flood, the landscape is populated with abandoned houses and a population still demanding infrastructure improvements, but his photos also show new homes being built and life in the city moving forward. Pictured: Felipe Massa walks his dog Pocket along Jourdan Avenue next to the Industrial Canal at sunrise, Aug. 2, 2015, in the Lower 9th Ward. Massa lives in one of the houses that was built through Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation.
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  • A burned-out car and discarded mattresses on Forstall Street in the Lower 9th Ward, Aug. 2, 2015.
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  • An "eco house" on Tennessee Street, built through Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation, is pictured on Aug. 2, 2015.
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  • The Lower 9th Ward Market, pictured on Aug. 2, 2015, is located on Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward. The market was opened by Burnell Cotlon and his family in 2014. Cotlon says it is the only place to buy any sort of groceries in the "Back of Town" section of the 9th Ward.
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  • Adrian Caliste, 54, pauses on his bicycle in front of a house on France Street reading "$210K LA ROAD HOME MONEY" in the Upper 9th Ward, Aug. 2, 2015, near the location where the west side of the Industrial Canal breached and flooded the neighborhood 10 years ago.
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  • Jamal Milton plays with his son Jamel Pellebon, 5, at a park on Caffin Street in the Lower 9th Ward, Aug. 2, 2015.
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  • A man walks past the London Avenue Canal on Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Aug. 14, 2015, near the location where the canal breached and flooded the Gentilly District ten years ago.
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  • A gutted home sits abandoned on Warrington Drive, Aug. 2, 2015, near the site where the east side of the London Avenue Canal was breached during Hurricane Katrina.
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  • A sign for a local advocacy group that says "Hold the Corps Accountable!" sits in an empty lot on Warrington Drive, Aug. 14, 2015, near the site where the east side of the London Avenue Canal was breached during Hurricane Katrina.
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  • The Open-air Levee Exhibition and Garden, seen Aug. 14, 2015, was erected in a lot against the London Avenue Canal in a partnership effort between Levees.org, and several civic and neighborhood groups. The public space is designed for visitors to learn about and reflect on the historic flood that altered the lives of New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents.
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  • An abandoned house sits next to a house currently under construction on Warrington Drive, near the site where the east side of the London Avenue Canal was breached during Hurricane Katrina.
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  • A construction crew works to set the foundation of a new home being built on Pratt Drive, Aug. 14, 2015, near the location where the London Avenue Canal breached and flooded the Gentilly District.
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  • Les Levy mows an empty lot on Bellaire Street in the Lakeview district of New Orleans, Aug. 9, 2015. He feels that the 17th Street Canal, which borders the property, must still be leaking water because the grass grows much faster on the lots he maintains next to the levee than the ones across the street or elsewhere in the neighborhood.
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  • Giuseppe Delfino, Tyler Dean, and David Varisco drink coffee at a local Starbucks under the line designating the extent of flood damage during Hurricane Katrina in Lakeview, Aug. 9, 2015.
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  • Signs designate construction improvements on the 17th Street and London Avenue canals, both waterways that breached during Hurricane Katrina and flooded Lakeview and Gentilly districts, Aug. 9, 2015.
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  • A "Fix My Streets" sign is displayed in the front yard of a residence on Louis XIV Street in the Lakeview district of New Orleans, Aug. 9, 2015.
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  • Local residents play basketball at Fleur de Lis park in the Lakeview district, Aug. 9, 2015.
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  • A flooded street in the Lakeview district, Aug. 9, 2015. A 2013 report from the Seweage and Water Board of New Orleans says, "It is well documented that even before Katrina, the Sewerage and Water Board was in dire need of funds to repair and re-build its aging sewer and water systems."
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  • The 17th Street Canal at Robert E. Lee Boulevard in the Lakeview district, Aug. 9, 2015.
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