Obama visits New Orleans, says city 'moving forward'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- President Barack Obama has been walking through the streets of New Orleans, on a visit marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

His first stop was Treme (treh-MAY'), one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America. It received significant flooding during Katrina. A cheering crowd welcomed him to an area where homes that were inundated by the storm have been rebuilt.

Obama is offering New Orleans as an example of what can happen when people rally to build a better future after facing an extraordinary challenge.

Obama is also visiting a newly-opened community center in the Lower 9th Ward, one of the hardest-hit areas of the city. It's still struggling to recover.

In prepared remarks, he says the community center "stands as a symbol of the extraordinary resilience of this city and its people."

Katrina caused major damage to the Gulf Coast from Texas to central Florida, and powered a storm surge that breached the levees that were meant to protect New Orleans from flooding. Nearly 2,000 people died, most in New Orleans.