Kind of resurrecting an old topic
but... I hope (and think) everything will move much faster than first expected. Every time you hear a deadline or some sort of date, whether it be draining, bridge repairs, electricity, or what not, has been drastically different than what was first said.
For instance, a week ago a major milestone was met in the New Orleans East area as half of the I-10 twinspan bridge that was heavily damaged has been reopened to traffic (completed 17 days early - a bonus of around $65,000 per day early was a bit of an incentive though!). Water draining originally was said to take months but has been completed for the entire area in about 6 weeks after the hurricane. Some officials made comments that citizens in Lakeview, a fairly wealthy area of New Orleans, would not have power for up to 8 months. However, Entergy spokesmen corrected that saying that energy can be restored fairly fast in that region.
My dad has one job to make repairs to a car dealership not terribly far from SFNO (just a couple miles down the interstate). They have the full intention of getting up and running as soon as possible no matter what hurdles are in the way and despite what happens to New Orleans East. There is no electricity there yet so workers are using generators to power their tools. A huge influx of workers have come to the city (this is both a blessing and a curse) and the recovery work around the area is simply unimaginable. I think this may be a good sign that the work needed to get done is being done much faster than originally expected.
It's still a huge task and hard days lie ahead (especially in some of the poorer areas of New Orleans where repair work is out of the question due to finances or extreme damage), but the citizens who are determined to stay, believe me that there's a lot, are being extremely resilient. I would hope Six Flags New Orleans also has this commitment and gets on its feet again as well. I am fully confident that their market in New Orleans will come back faster than expected, and I really hope the same can be said for Mississippi as well.