Accountants who lived and worked in the path of Hurricane Katrina are relocating, rebuilding and, very slowly, recovering from the unprecedented devastation that changed hundreds of thousands of lives last month."I used to work in New Orleans," said Mark Harris, CPA and secretary of the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana. "Somebody would say, 'Hey, there is a hurricane in the Gulf,' and we'd say, 'Is this supposed to be the Big One?' They'd say, 'No, it's only a Class 1 or 2' ... and we'd go right back about our business."

"But we always knew there was going to be something that was potentially another Camille [previously the worst storm ever to hit the mainland, it struck the Gulf Coast in August 1969]," he said. "We always knew there'd be a Big One."

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