One of the hardest-hit neighborhoods, the 9th Ward is still struggling with debris removal and rebuilding. Sewer and water services are available to the area, except for portions of the Lower 9th, and electricity and gas are operational in the neighborhood, except for 8 percent and 30 percent of customers, respectively, in the Lower 9th. Mail delivery began again in July. Gallery
The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport -- which served as a field hospital and main staging area for evacuees in the days following the storm and flood -- had booked about 60 percent of its pre-Katrina level for June 2006, the latest data available. Gallery
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, which lost thousands of fish because of generator problems after Katrina, reopened in May 2006. In November 2005, all exhibits opened on weekends at the city's landmark Audubon Zoo. In May 2006, the zoo opened on all days except Mondays.
After removing debris, tearing up the carpet and repairing the building, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center partially reopened in February 2006 with the majority of the center opening up again in June for its first post-Katrina convention. Along with other conventions through the rest of the year, the center will host a Realtor meeting in November 2006 with an estimated 25,000 attendance. Gallery
By August 2006, about 90 percent of the shops, hotels, restaurants and other businesses had reopened in the French Quarter, an area that escaped some of the heavy damage seen in other areas of New Orleans. Landmarks such as St. Louis Cathedral and the restaurants Cafe Du Monde and Antoine's are open, as well as some Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar service. Gallery
Lanes of the I-10 bridge over Lake Pontchartrain opened in January 2006 with temporary repairs, but officials broke ground for a replacement bridge in July 2006. It will be the largest public works project in the history of Louisiana. Katrina's wind and storm surge had knocked segments weighing 309 tons out of alignment, with many portions of the “twin spans” bridge connecting New Orleans and Slidell destroyed.
PORT OF NEW ORLEANS
The Port of New Orleans opened to limited cargo traffic on September 14, 2005, and is now operating at 100 percent capacity. Two cruise lines are scheduled to return in October 2006.
SAINT LOUIS CEMETERY
Debris has been removed from the Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1, after the city's oldest burial ground and popular tourist stop was flooded by Katrina's waters. It is now open to the public for regular tours.
The Superdome will reopen September 25, 2006, after almost a year of repair work -- including a temporary repair of the roof immediately following Katrina -- for an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons. Gallery
Tulane University (along with Xavier, Dillard and Loyola universities) were closed for fall semester. Tulane began classes again on January 17, with an estimated 88 percent of students returning. Some Xavier and Dillard students will also attend classes at Tulane while those colleges undergo more rebuilding.