Mayor: New Orleans needs 5 more years to rebuild

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON -- Five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, the city's mayor says its recovery -- slowed by the Gulf oil spill -- will take at least another five years.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu reported Thursday on the city's progress as it continues to deal with the effects of Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Both events, he said, brought the coast "to its knees." He addressed a luncheon at the National Press Club where Gulf shrimp was served.

As Landrieu urged listeners to visit Louisiana, he also emphasized the need to lift the moratorium on deepwater drilling. He said he'd discuss the issue with President Barack Obama during his visit to the Gulf on August 29 to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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