Restoring Your Home After a Natural Disaster

When Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of this New Orleans family’s home, they got to work rebuilding and redecorating, room by room. HGTV Magazine takes you through the before-and-after photos.

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Back and Better Than Ever

"It was pretty much what we’d feared," Sam recalls. The house was still standing, "but inside there was nothing but mildewed furniture and furry white mold growing everywhere." The big question: Was their home, badly in need of repairs that flood insurance wouldn’t fully cover, worth saving? The family decided it was, then got to work sifting through rubble, hauling destroyed furniture to the curb and having the mold sandblasted. Two years later they moved back home, only the second family on their block to return, feeling lucky to be alive and fortunate to be able to start over.

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