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Andrew Locke and Bob Sullivan

From Sept. 22-27, the posts in this blog about Rita's evacuation and devastation were reported and photographed by Bob Sullivan and Andrew Locke. Sullivan, 37, is MSNBC.com's technology and consumer fraud reporter. Locke, 34, in charge of MSNBC.com's editorial strategy, was on his second hurricane blog tour.

David Friedman and Miguel Llanos

From Sept. 18-22, the posts in this blog, examining Katrina's impact on the environment, were reported and photographed by Miguel Llanos and David Friedman. Llanos, 45, is MSNBC.com's environmental reporter. Photojournalist Friedman, 35, is a multimedia producer at MSNBC.com.

Kari Huus and Jim Seida

From Sept. 10-16, the posts in this blog were reported and photographed by Kari Huus and Jim Seida. Huus, 43, has been a journalist for 20 years and a reporter with MSNBC.com since 1996. Seida, 39, has been a media editor with the Web site since 1996.

Mike Brunker and Andrew Locke mugshot

From Sept. 2-9, the posts in this blog were reported and photographed by Mike Brunker, left, and Andrew Locke. A journalist for 25 years, Brunker, 49, is MSNBC.com's West Coast news editor. Locke, 34, has been a journalist for 17 years and is currently in charge of MSNBC.com's editorial media strategy.

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Into Plaquemines Parish

Posted: Sunday, September 11 at 11:33 am CT by Kari Huus

BELLE CHASSE, La. - We're heading south on Highway 23, traveling into Plaquemines Parish, the delta area south of New Orleans that took the full force of Katrina's winds. This road, which connects a dozen small towns down to the mouth  of the Mississippi, only reopened to residents at 6 a.m. today.

Cars passing through an ID checkpoint are backed up for a mile, packed with people hoping to salvage belongings from their homes and businesses along the peninsula, or even return. But there is no electrical power yet.

We managed to cruise through in the left lane with emergency vehicles and dump trucks. We'll travel to the end of the road if we can get through. There's almost nothing open here, no gas stations, and there is obvious damage to virtually every building along the road.

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