Explorations: NO East Subdivision
There was so much devastation in New Orleans
East that the population even six and a half months after Katrina was still
only around 20% of its original levels... and I think a lot of that figure
can be attributed less to residents returning and more to migrant construction
workers brought in to rebuild the place.
We did not even know
where to begin looking for places to explore, but anywhere in town would
work. This happened to be a random subdivision we pulled into and
wandered around in.
||Take a look at this street, for example.
Just about no one was in sight throughout this neighborhood. There
were very few FEMA trailers and only a few places were actively under construction.
Many houses were gutted already, though no progress seemed to have been
made beyond that.
Note the dead trees and bushes to the left
here. This is what happens when things sit under water for a few
||More dead bushes and grass.
Equally dead car.
||I'm sure you could get a good deal on
this one if the owners ever come back around.
||Like I said, a lot of the houses were
already gutted. The exteriors were completed, but the interiors hadn't
even been touched yet. The whole process was like watching a subdivision
being built in reverse.
||The trees were ugly enough, but what interested
me was the amount of rust on railings... the result of standing water,
||The top of the mantle had fallen in.
It didn't make a sound though because no
one was around to hear it.
||Here's the water line (and accompanying
mold) that tossed the furniture around.
||More mold that mercifully covered that
(And for the record, wicker furniture deserves
to be drowned.)
||The fridge was tipped by the flood waters,
but the dishes were set out neatly on the counter by passive-aggresive
||As bad as the water damage was downstairs,
winds also left their mark by ripping off the roof. Here we see things
that fell in from the attic. There was a view straight up to the
sky right here.
As you can see, the top floor seemed to
be mostly cleaned out, so the owners had apparently returned at some point.
||This looked to be a piece of a fish on
the front porch.
Leftover from the flood or leftover from
Alexplored 3/16/06, approx.
six and a half months after Hurricane Katrina.