A lot of what I know about Hurricane Katrina I learned from my friend Paul over at Citizen K. He's been to New Orleans eight times and writes eloquently about his love for the Crescent City.
I hadn't seen this post before. The photos of the houses moved me so much. I've never seen anything like them. Because they're nothing like the images of destruction which accompanied the news reports they speak to me in a quieter, deeper way.
"A week ago today, we joined ten other people and toured the Katrina-damaged areas of New Orleans. This amounts to 80 per cent of the entire city, an expanse of 144 square miles, or the size of seven Manhattans. Katrina-related damage extended to four parishes: Orleans, Jefferson, Placquemines, and St. Bernard's. As we discovered on the tour, little of it need have happened: Although touched off by natural forces, Katrina was largely a man-made disaster."
click here for more from Citizen K's blog entry.
The hole in the roof indicates the family inside had to force their way through the attic to await rescue by boat.
An emergency crew from Georgia found no bodies here.
Although it looks intact, this house was scheduled to be torn down by the City.