Oct 15, 2009 8:24 AM by Associated Press

Obama to check on Katrina progress

President Barack Obama heads to New Orleans today to check out the continuing recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

The president will hold a town hall meeting and stopping by a school in the hard-hit Lower Ninth Ward.

In a recent radio address marking Katrina's fourth anniversary, Obama said he's determined to make good on promises to help New Orleans.

Some 60,000 properties are still abandoned or in serious disrepair. And the Army Corps of Engineers is just a third of the way through its $15 billion project to strengthen the levees.

New Orleans officials give the new administration generally good marks.

But some Crescent City residents are irked Obama's visit is so short -- under four hours. Republican Congressman Steve Scalise says the area deserves more than a "drive-through daiquiri summit."


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