Shrimp and grits, pork and greens, jambalaya served up neighbor to neighbor, free for the asking. It's the New Orleans way, say residents battered by Hurricane Ida, which flooded or destroyed homes and knocked out the power grid. While chefs and amateur cooks alike served comfort food, residents with generators charged their neighbors’ cellphones and revved up chain saws to clear downed trees, and volunteers at a church handed out cleaning supplies and diapers. It's a spirit baked into the city's culture. Bette Matheny's friends helped her remove debris from her recently renovated house. She was 13 when she evacuated during Katrina 16 years ago. "People are so amazing. You don’t find this anywhere else, you know?”

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