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As cleanup efforts continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, people here can't help but get that old familiar feeling. And as Eyewitness News Political Analyst Clancy DuBos explains in his weekly commentary, some are drawing comparisons.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an event that forever changed southeast Louisiana. And oddly enough, many in the New Orleans area marked the occasion by watching hurricane reports.

Hurricane Irene pelted the eastern seaboard almost six years to the day after Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Communities from south Florida to northern Maine felt Irene's impact. It was an eerie reminder of just how vulnerable we remain and how vulnerable many other communities are.

Irene has been blamed for at least 40 deaths, and the economic damage is well into the billions.

Officials are already comparing Irene and Katrina. Both were massive storms in terms of their size, although Katrina packed much higher winds and caused thousands of deaths, as well as many billions more in damage.

It's doubtful that Irene will change the cultural and physical landscape of the Atlantic Coast the way that Katrina changed the Gulf Coast. But as we breathed a sigh of relief that Irene did not come our way, we also know all to well the pain that Irene's victims now feel.

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