A program to demolish more than 9,000 New Orleans houses is moving more slowly than predicted, delaying the city's efforts to rebuild. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that more than half of the houses ruined by Hurricane Katrina have not been razed. "Naturally, I'd like to see us farther along, but I think we're months behind, not years behind," says Michael Park, director of the Corps' recovery field office. Officials must find and notify the owner of each house, check the house against historical records and inspect it before the house can be bulldozed.
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