Shawn McNeil looks at her life in two parts: Before Katrina and after Katrina.
When Hurricane Katrina hit 10 years ago in August 2005, almost everything in her life washed away.
“This area is the most depressing place in the world,” McNeil tells PEOPLE of her native home in the Press Park area of New Orleans. “It’s just so sad.”
The 48-year-old grew up in Gordon Plaza, part of a subdivision developed by the city in 1981 on top of the Agriculture Street landfill.