Post-Katrina 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 weeks.


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, not rain.

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 awful wallpaper.

(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 gremlins.

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 lunch?


Alexplored 3/16/06, approx. six and a half months after Hurricane Katrina.
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