Assignment: Katrina's aftermath, then and now
iREPORTERS SIGNED UP
Created July 8, 2010 by
New Orleans, Louisiana
After Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast, thousands of residents were displaced, neighborhoods were submerged under water, and streets were littered with debris. It's been five years since the devastating storm, and we want to see what the region looks like now. With your help, we can do it in a groundbreaking way.
Here's the project: On this assignment page, there are dozens of CNN images taken in 2005 and early 2006 of the aftermath of the storm. When you click on each thumbnail, you'll see a button that allows you to download the image. You can also share information about the neighborhood or area where each photo was taken in the comments section.
If you're in the Gulf Coast region, you can print the downloaded image, find its original location, and take a photograph lining the old photo up to the present-day view. Then snap a photo with the images lined up.
The end result will be a dramatic, past-meets-present photo that you can upload here.
Please remember not to trespass on private property when taking the photos, be aware of traffic and your surroundings, and obey all posted street signs.
This project was inspired by the ultra-inspiring Looking into the Past Flickr group. For more information:
- CNN.com: Connecting the past to present
- Flickr: Looking into the past
- New Orleans photos: See these images on a map
- Biloxi photos: See these images on a map