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    Posted August 18, 2010 by
    Metairie, Louisiana
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    Hurricane Katrina, then and now

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    Katrina Then and Now


    These photos were taken where I live in Bucktown, which is just blocks from the Orleans Parish line and where the 17th Street Canal breached and destroyed Lakeview.


    Photo 1 - SEND WATER was written in the street when I returned weeks after Katrina.

    Photo 2, 3, & 4 - These were all taken right after Hurricane Rita threatened the New Orleans area about a month after Katrina had hit.  Coast Guard and military helicopters could be heard every day, all day for weeks and months after the storm.  These were taken on the levee on Old Hammond Hwy overlooking Lake Pontchartrain.  All of the helicopters were picking up sandbags and bringing them to the Industrial Canal, which flooded again after Hurricane Rita.

    Photo 5 - The American Red Cross came into my neighborhood everyday with food and water.  "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  On board today we have a hot meal, fresh fruit, and water."  They would say that over their load speaker as they came down the street.

    Photo 6 - This photo was taken from my porch as tractors and dump trucks picked up everyone's belongings which had now been thrown to the street.  Mattresses, sofas, chairs, etc could be seen coming down the street on the tractors.

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