Post-Katrina Explorations: The Lower 9th Ward
Heading further down into the 9th Ward we were moving not just into deeper waters, but also into the path of the flooding.  It was clear that rapidly moving water passed through this section as we headed closer to the Industrial Canal were two of the most destructive levee breaches occurred.


These portable storage sheds likely traveled quite a distance to reach these spots, probably from the right.  Obviously that is where they appear to have arrived from, but also that is the direction of the Industrial Canal.

Here's a close-up of the "bottom" of one of the sheds.  In case you can't make it out, this isn't an empty shed.  It is filled with just what you would expect a shed to be filled with... including a lawnmower that is poking out.

Here's the side door of the house where the shed collided.

As we've seen in so many of the other post-Katrina galleries, the fence and railing are rusted from having sat in the flood waters for so long.


Of course, this area had upwards of ten feet of water, so entire houses were soaked to the point that the wood was warped from the ground to the roof.

The only reason this house is in as good (relatively) a shape as it is, is because it is brick.  Most of the houses around here weren't, so they were severely shifted on their foundations and warped by the pressure and presence of the water.


The inside the whole house looked like something out the Titanic.

This is a look up in the rafters where there was a copy of the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever.

This had to have found its way up there after the sheetrock deteriorated and fell away, just to give you an idea how long the waters stood around here.

Staying alive, indeed!


I've said it before, but I just want to remind you one more time that Katrina hates pianos.

In the driveway of the house next door, this van shows off Katrina's incredible prowess at parallel parking.

Remarkably, the van was only barely touching the fence or house at either end. 

The writing on the window was apparently the license plate number or VIN; I didn't check, but I saw this on several vehicles in the area.


Further evidence that Katrina hates pianos.

Actually, my kitchen has looked almost this bad at times.

The mud caked in the sink and countertop was the silt deposited from the flood.

The back of the house was filled with debris pushed around by the water.

Yes, that's a ceiling fan.


This is the front of the house where only the edge was visible in the van picture above.

Good thing the Virgin Mary was on hand to keep the shed from smashing into the house.  Oh, wait.  Never mind.


Believe it or not, this is yet another shed in the back yard of the first house we looked at in this gallery. 

The area was full of vagabond sheds, and based on where they were deposited, they had to have been carried by waters almost around rooftop levels.  (I.e., this shed could not have fit through the alleyway otherwise.)


Alexplored 3/17/06, approx. six and a half months after Hurricane Katrina.
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