After days without power and water, and with many homes washed away in the storm, thousands of people in New York and New Jersey are living through a kind of hell right now. But they aren't alone.

In New Orleans, survivors of Hurricane Katrina already possess the terrible knowledge of what it's like to lose so much and face the hard work of rebuilding. On the new blog NOLA to New York, they share some of their stories— and touching words of encouragement.

[via Mashable]