It's been a long time coming: National retailers are open in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood that was drowned more than 10 years ago when catastrophic floodwaters crashed in and smashed homes after inadequate floodwalls and levees burst during Hurricane Katrina.

On Thursday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined a ribbon cutting for a new CVS Pharmacy that opened its doors in the Lower 9th Ward earlier this month. A Family Dollar discount store also has opened in the area.

Landrieu said the arrival of CVS should spark more private investment in the neighborhood.

He acknowledged that the recovery has taken longer in this corner of the city than in others, but he said many improvements have been made.

Still, residents lamented the slow pace of recovery.