The Upper Ninth Ward
The Upper Ninth was mostly spared the hard waters that smashed as well as flooded the Lower half.  As a result, this area has begun to really come back, in spite of the fact that it was completely submerged and left to soak.



Those structures in the background are parts of a drawbridge over the Industrial Canal, the waterway whose retaining wall broke in two places, flooding the Ninth Ward.

A close-up of the yellow sign to the left is a solicitation by lawyers still seeking photos, video, and/or witnesses of the levee break.


There are still many damaged houses in the upper Ninth Ward, although bare slabs and empty lots abound where the unsalvageable homes have been demolished.  Though not all of them...

For example, this home still stands...

...with mud deposited from the churned-up waters of the Industrial Canal across the doorstep (and beyond).

Here's a wide shot of the font room.

This newspaper still sits on the couch in the living room.  The date: August 25, 2005, about four days before Katrina.

Note the exposed wall boards to the right.  The facade peeled away after soaking up some of the water.

Spongebob soaked up the rest, of course.


Ceiling fan blades don't typically warp like this unless they've been submerged.  This house was.  There's no water line because the home was under more than ten feet of water, and this wasn't even the most severely hit area.

One of the bedrooms.  This is what the Titanic would have looked like if it had been raised after a month below the surface.

The floor is caked with the mud.  Note also the rust on the bottom of the chair.

This boat probably originated miles from here.  After the waters had receded, there were boats all over the place. 

Because there are so many waterways in which to hunt/fish, many people in southern Louisiana have boats small enough to tote on a trailer.  In many cases, the trailers were lifted along with the boats they were fastened to, and they floated away as well, only to be deposited somewhere else in the neighborhood.


Surprisingly, almost all the houses in the area were gutted.  I presume the city must have done this without cost for any resident who requested/permitted it.  However, note the mold on the boards.  I'm not sure this will ever be liveable without much treatment.

Alexplored 12/26/06, sixteen months after Hurricane Katrina.
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