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New Orleans Citizens Panel Calls for Total Rebuilding Effort

A commission charged with crafting a post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding strategy for New Orleans will present its recommendations Wednesday.

The commission is expected to recommend that every part of the storm-wrecked city be given a chance to rebuild, including the Lower Ninth Ward, the predominantly African-American neighborhood that sustained the worst damage in the flooding that accompanied the August 29 hurricane.

The commission proposes the city create an entity that will buy out residents in those neighborhoods that do not fully recover.

A non-profit research group issued a report late last year urging New Orleans not to rebuild in flood-prone areas.

Mayor Ray Nagin will eventually decide whether or not to implement the panel's recommendations.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .