Despite the fact all the Rebels are in the same predicament, April glumly notes that everyone locks their doors because "the Azadi have taught us to fear each other". However, food and medicine are distributed fairly and can be safely left unguarded. The houses are either made from wood salvaged from the nearby forests, or built up from boats salvaged in dry dock. This allows for quick expansion when there are new arrivals, but serves the Rebels badly when the Azadi launch an aerial attack with Cloudships and use flaming arrows. Given the savagery of the Azadi assault and Commander Vamon's anger toward the Rebels, it is unlikely the Swamp City is still standing.
When Zoë Castillo goes to the Dark People's Library and asks the White Dragon for help, the White responds that "faith will send you where you're needed the most". Zoë then vanishes and reappears in the Swamp City just in time to witness April being attacked. The significance of Zoë arriving in the City at that moment and it being where she was 'needed the most' has been the subject of much debate.