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Author’s Note: Countless hours of YouTube videos were examined in order to write the Katrina scenes in this story. Some clips were professionally edited, but others showed raw footage from those experiencing the storm first hand. Due to limited space, we cannot list all of these sources here, but readers are encouraged to learn more about Katrina via YouTube.