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A decade later, Ala seafood town rebounding from Katrina

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By JAY REEVES, Associated Press

BAYOU LA BATRE, AL. (AP) - Hurricane Katrina sideswiped Alabama as it devastated coastal Mississippi and New Orleans a decade ago. But the story was different in Alabama's seafood capital, Bayou La Batre.

The storm left dozens of shrimp boats atop docks and marshes in the town of 2,500, and seafood processers were wiped out. About 75 percent of its homes were damaged or destroyed.

The city hasn't grown as quickly as other coastal towns, and some families are still recovering from the double whammy of Katrina and the BP oil spill five years later.

While much of west Alabama received hurricane-force winds as Katrina moved ashore, damage wasn't nearly as bad as in Mississippi and Louisiana.

More than 25,000 evacuees came to Alabama seeking shelter, and some remain 10 years later.

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