This was the first severely hit area we explored.
Lakewood subdivision is on the far western edge of Orleans Parish, right
up against Metarie and just south of Lake Pontchartrain (maybe two or three
miles north of here).
There was a lot of
(re)construction going on in here and a lot of traffic, so we didn't wander
into any houses like I would have liked because we didn't want to be mistaken
for looters. My cousin and his family lived in this subdivision prior
to the hurricane. Presently they have a one year lease elsewhere.
They don't expect to return. They are planning to fix up their old
place and either rent it out or sell it outright.
||I think this was still part of Veterans
Hwy. near Fleur de Lis. (I hadn't been on this stretch before; we just
wandered this way.) This stretch of the road is out in front of subdivision.
Although most are too far away to be seen
at this resolution, there were scores of signs advertising all sorts of
construction, sheetrock removal, mold removal, etc.
You can see water lines on the back of
the metal sign near the tree on the median (or "neutral ground" as we say
in New Orleans).
||Check out the water line on the columns.
As you can see, this house is completely
gutted. I didn't take a thorough survey, but it looked as though
roughly half the houses in this area had been cleared already.
||There were signs like this in several
Feel free to scoff at the blind optimism.
It's a healthy sign of common sense that is apparently lacking in some
of the residents.
||The hole in this roof was obviously cut
by a rescue crew, not from wind damage.
Presumably this was made when the water
was higher than the first floor.
||A zoom in here on this same house shows
what the first floor looked like.
||Naturally, the houses weren't the only
things to experience wind damage.
That's a FEMA trailer off to the left.
You will see quite a few of these in the post-Katrina galleries.
||Really, this wasn't Katrina. I was
just showing off.
||There were quite a few abandoned cars
in this area as well.
||Here's what was posted under its windshield.
Throughout the city, many other cars had
similar fliers and even stickers affixed to them.
||Originally I thought this was a cell phone
tower. Part of the reason why cell phone service was disrupted was that,
in addition to power outages, several relay towers were downed by the storm.
Since then, my friend Jason who lives in
the area pointed out that this used to be the State Police station.
||This was posted on the door of a church:
"All Services Canceled Due to Hurricane."
I can think of about a million witty captions
for this photo, but, seriously, if you can't just acknowledge here and
now that this is irrefutable evidence there is no god, then you're probably
just the type of person New Orleans realtors are looking for right about
Alexplored 3/14/06, approx.
six and a half months after Hurricane Katrina.