Back to the 9th Ward
Moving further away from the worst-damaged areas in the previous gallery, things really aren't a whole lot better.  The area was still flooded, even if the water wasn't rushing houses so hard it literally pushed them into the middle of the street.  Actually, even pretty far away that happened.



The few houses that are still standing are completely gutted now.  There are very few left that are in the form Katrina left them after the waters were gone.

Almost everything that's still standing looks like this inside.

Most places look like this.

You might remember we checked out this home last time.

When we were here before the first floor was already gutted, but...

...now the second floor is as well.  I don't know what the delay was because the job on the first floor was pretty thorough.  The second floor was actually about three feet underwater as well, judging by the water lines on the walls (back when there were still walls).

This garage was one of the few spots that was relatively untouched.

Here's a view through the window into it.

Of course, the window is rusted where it isn't busted out already.

I have no idea why this place is still standing.  At the moment it looks like a little house on the prairie, but this was once a thickly settled area.

This one is likely only standing because it is brick and on a slab.  The older, predominantly wooden houses were mostly pier and beam, and they were warped by the presence and pressure of the water and/or carried off their foundations by the water or even pushed that way by other houses in motion.


The floor was caked with mud.  Interestingly, there were almost no belongings in this place, even in the cabinets.  It was likely vacant at the time Katrina hit.

Katrina hates ceiling fans.  Particle board was no match for being submerged for several days (or perhaps longer; I don't know the rate or the date of the draining, just that it took six weeks to complete).

The ceiling tiles didn't fare so well in the water either.

The cupboards were bare except for mud cakes.

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