NO East abandoned neighborhood
I was surprised to find that the neighbors in this area were actively in a state of recovery.  Whereas on our previous trip we were able to find literally dozens of houses that were abandoned just as they were after Katrina's waters had receded (well, plus 6 months worth of mold), this time around things appeared 100% gutted.  There were no houses worth exploring unless you find empty shells interesting.

However, a small sub-subdivision separate from the rest of this neighborhood was more inviting.  Unfortunately, it, too, was completely gutted, but the odd thing was how thoroughly abandoned it was relative to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Here's a random scene of the desolation.

At least it's a quiet neighborhood.

You wouldn't think there was anything wrong...

...unless you noticed the liberal use of baking soda to cover the spill in front of the fridge and freezer.

While almost everything was stripped away when the place was gutted, they left this lot of clothes in this storage closet in the back of the house.

I think the water level got higher than this (This house was less than half a mile from the lake), but they only did a half-gut job, much like in my Uncle Ray's place (though he only had 18" of water.

The floor isn't holding up very well in spite of the absence of any pedestrian traffic.

Not too far from here, the neighboring subdivisions are doing relatively well.  There is an abundance of cars and still a few FEMA trailers (the latter being perhaps a mixed signal).

Down the street a ways, this apartment complex had already been gutted. 

The complex next to the one above was actively under construction, so I couldn't pop in undetected.

The parking lot had a couple Bobcats cruising around getting ready to make some progress.

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