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Almost every day Erick Ventura wakes up, he thinks about leaving.

For the past year, Ventura, 38, and his wife Trisha, 34, have been living in a cramped FEMA trailer, parked outside of their Lakeview home just a few hundred feet away from the 17th Street Canal.

Before Katrina or "pre-K" as the locals say, Ventura worked in real estate and owned several rental properties. But all of that changed when the levees broke. Storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain inundated their house with 7.5 feet of water. The couple were displaced, and to make ends meet Ventura took a temporary job as a loss verifier for the Small Business Administration. His wife continued her studies in occupational therapy. Read full article »

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