Katrina Here Lies Vera

Katrina Here Lies Vera

This Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, photo shows a memorial to Vera Smith, who died at a street corner in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and remained there for days until neighbors erected a tomb at the same spot on the sidewalk, in New Orleans. In the chaotic days after Katrina her makeshift grave, decorated with the words “Here Lies Vera, God help us,” came to symbolize the breakdown of order in the city. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

This Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, photo shows a memorial to Vera Smith, who died at a street corner in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and remained there for days until neighbors erected a tomb at the same spot on the sidewalk, in New Orleans. In the chaotic days after Katrina her makeshift grave, decorated with the words “Here Lies Vera, God help us,” came to symbolize the breakdown of order in the city. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

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