Post-Katrina Explorations: My Parents' Neighborhood
Unlike much of the rest of the town, my folks' neighborhood in Slidell experienced absolutely no flooding.  By contrast, some subdivisions elsewhere in town (especially close to the lake) were completely wiped out.  My uncle's neighborhood about a mile from here had trees down on houses (like this one) and at least 18" of water in some places (like my uncle's house).  Presently the real estate values have jumped here, which is cool for me since I guess I'll inherit one of these houses... unless the next Category 5 hurricane gets to it first.

There's still a lot of trash going out all the time.  Old fence boards, roof material, siding, you name it. 

There are still a lot of exposed parts where siding was ripped away.  This is about six months after the damage, so what's the hold-up? 

Well, trying to get the limited number of workers to go around for all the work.  Or haggling with insurance companies for another.  It's a lot of fun, from what I've heard.

Here's some more ripped off siding across the street from my parents' place.

Here's my folks' house. 

Total damage: That tree next to the compressor fell down. 

That's it.

They put the tree back up.

The yellow ribbon tied to the not-so-old oak tree was kind of ripped up, but that's about it.  Remarkably, my mom hasn't swapped it out for a new one yet.

I think the tattered version is an especially apt metaphor, so I hope she leaves it like it is.

This is a popular sight around post-Katrina Louisiana: The blue roofs.

FEMA supplied these "temporary" roof patches.  They're only supposed to be good for 30 days.  This one has probably been up for about six months at this point.

See the stump by my foot?  There used to be rows of about twenty trees on either side of the road leading into my parents' subdivision.  About half of these have been cut down now.

All of the stumps are leaning in the same direction and at the same angle from the force of the wind.

Alexplored 3/18/06, approx. six and a half months after Hurricane Katrina.
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