|Here's another house.|
|I'm not sure if this car was deposited
by the force of the water or if it was originally parked here. However,
the more interesting thing is the broken water line sticking up just beyond
the car and pouring out gallons a minute.
This was one of the difficulties in reestablishing service for water, electricity, gas, etc.: Broken lines. It was impossible to reconnect utilities when there were so many leaks. This was a big one they missed.
|Inside the house it's a mess, even after gutting the place.|
|The floor is caked with mud, just like so many other places in the Ninth Ward.|
|And the pressboard doors and other laminate materials were no match for standing water.|
|They tossed almost everything they could out the back door until the yard was so full that the door couldn't open most of the way.|
|Here's a view from the front porch. In the distance is the Industrial Canal with the new concrete retaining wall.|
|...Yeah, that's a mess, too.|
|This shopping cart shows what kind of forces were exerted during the flooding.|
|This what the hardest-hit area looks like now. What the canal breaks didn't destroy immediately, the city got around to eventually.|
|Here's one of the rare houses still standing that was tossed far from its original foundation. This one could have traveled for tenths of a mile for all I could tell. There was no indication where it originated from.|
|This is the front of it. Moved,
yes, but it isn't a mobile home.
There used to be many more examples like this one, but almost all of them have been demolished, presumably for trespassing on someone else's property.
|This is what it looks like inside.|
|This should give you some idea of the
force of the water. I can't say for certain that this hydrant was
knocked off its main by the flow, but there haven't been any Bigfoot sightings
in the area.
The rust is the result of it having sat under water for about six weeks until the area was drained (pumped) from waters delivered first by Katrina then by Rita.
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