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    Posted February 16, 2014 by
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    Abandoned buildings

    Six Flags New Orleans: Remains of Katrina Still Present 8 Years Later

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     James Jamieson, a freelance videographer and photographer, took these photos of the former Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans, Louisiana, last November. "As one can see in the images, the site is barren," he said. "Most of the buildings and rides are falling apart and covered in graffiti. Most of the vegetation is very overgrown, as well." Jamieson believes that the flooding from Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 was the cause of this extensive damage, and nothing, thus far, has been done with the grounds. "From what I read, Six Flags may have intended on rebuilding within the first year or two of Katrina, but with the significant damage to the park and issues with insurance, it became clear that there was no point in doing so," he said. There have been other propositions for what can be done with the site, Jamieson claimed, but none of them have been accepted.

    The urban explorer in Jamieson brought him to this site, which is one he felt compelled to photograph. "While I prefer historical/older sites, I knew this location was considered one of the top urban exploration sites in the country," he said. "I very much enjoy urban exploration; it's thrilling to be in a space that was once used so frequently but has since been forgotten about."
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    Closed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans Louisiana, the New Orleans branch of Six Flags remains abandoned. Plans for Redevelopment of the property have come and gone in the years since Katrina, but the park has been used as a set by different feature films in recent years.
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