Late December 2005
Industrial Canal Breaks, Lower 9th Ward, and St. Bernard Parish
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View from the North Claiborne Ave. Bridge. The camera could only fit part of the area totally destroyed.
This is the barge that broke through the levee which is on the right. The N. Claiborne Ave bridge is in the background. The other break was by the Florida Ave. Bridge about 12 blocks behind the camera.
The barge landed in someone's yard and the mail box is pretty much the only thing left.
However there was the inside to a crawfish pot almost underneath it.
The camera is now facing the other way toward the Florida Ave. Bridge.
The barge pushed the house away from its foundation and wrecked another one. This house, right next to the barge, has an orange sticker on it warning people of the dangerous conditions of the house. But if this was all that was left of my house and I there was a chance to find some things, like pictures, or sentimental jewelry in sealed containers...
This house over on Burgundy Street (70117) has a hole in the roof where someone was rescued. He said the Fish and Wildlife boat that rescued him scooted right over his 8 foot chain link fence with no problem. This house is 20 blocks from the Industrial Canal break and the water was up to the attic.
This is a shot of the hole in the roof from the house right above.
If your house was still standing, and it could be saved, this is what residents have to look forward to. There is so much mud, inside as well as outside the house that cleanup is very difficult. When finished cleaning as much as possible and taking down the drywall and insulation to the 2x4 studs they still have to open the doors and hose out the mud that couldn't be shoveled out. The mud in this picture is anywhere from 2 to 4 inches think.
Looking closely just under the eave of this house is lots of dirt and debris. The water came over the roof line here and when it receeded, lots of the debris splashed and stuck to the soffets. The picture below this one shows it better.
The inside of this house has been digitally lightened so the mess inside is easier to see. The ceiling fell and the fan fell with it. The fan is only held up by the Romex attached to it. To see the original picture, just click on the one below. I got this picture from
These two houses burned right down to the water line while the water was still about 8 feet deep. Notice the soot mark on the tree. The tree seems to be coming back. There were lots of tiny new green leaves. The house on the right, fell off of its piers and moved forward, probably breaking a gas line starting a fire.
Further on down toward Mereaux and Arabi the damage was much worse than in New Orleans.
The water was over the top of the houses as this tree and that marsh grass which floated on top of the roof.
Water in this area was over 17 feet high. My friend's daughter's house floated on top of her brand new SUV.
Levee Breaks
Flooded Houses
Ursuline, and
relatives houses.
State Park
17th Street
London Ave
St. Bernard
9th Ward
House #1
House #2
Satelite Images
Driving #1
Driving #2
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Cleaning up and some fun pictures.
Christmas around town
Link copied from which describes very well why the flood was so bad.
JEMS - Excellent description of what went on from EMS' point of view..
UNO pictures
The islands (Dauphin and Chandeleur) that protect our coastline an southern cities.
Miscelaneous satellite pictures.
More Katrina pictures from
More pictures found on the web.
Lakeview pictures during the flood mailed to me 3-3-06
Lakeview Revisited - Pictures 7 months after Katrina taken in March 2006
The surge out at Michoud from
Doug's fly over pictures of Katrina's damage on our swamps and southernmost towns. March 2006
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