Post-Katrina Explorations: Lurline St.
This is the street where my parents lived when they were first married and when I was first born (about a year later, FYI).  They lived here until I was almost four years old.  The same people who bought the house from them still own the place, although they might be reconsidering things at the moment.  Whereas other galleries are largely overviews of sights across larger geographic areas, I guess this house could serve as a case study of the effects of the hurricane on an individual level.



The street was almost completely barren.  There was one FEMA trailer just to my right on the block, but there were otherwise no cars in sight anywhere while we were there.

Here's my childhood home, not that I really remember it.

The next door neighbor's house didn't fare very well at all.  We'll look more closely at that in a moment.


This is looking straight on.  Note the water line on the front door.

Here's a better look at the front of (what's left of) the house next door.

A lot of houses suffered this fate during the flooding and beyond it even, given the absence of city workers.  Many places were left to burn to the ground since it was impossible to reach them.


My old house was completely gutted.  I showed my folks this and they enjoyed quickly reconstructing the floorplan in their heads.

I'm not sure what caused it, but the fence was down, so I had an easy time getting to the back yard from this side.

This tree was already pretty big almost 30 years ago.  Now it's a nightmare for the back yard neighbor's insurance rep.

And here's the back of the burned down house next door... just to help keep things in perspective of how bad things could have been.

And a view of the rest of that back yard in case anyone wants to play fire investigator.

Here's the shed and the door on the side of the house leading into the laundry room. 

Again note the water line.  This was really scummy water.


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