Saturday, July 08, 2006

New Orleans, Part Three - St. Bernard Parish

St. Bernard Parish, which lies southeast of New Orleans, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Driving through the area nine months after the fact the neighborhoods seem like ghost towns, and the occasional person you see looks defeated and tired. We stopped and talked to one lady who was outside her house getting rid of the weeds in her yard (she felt she had to do something). Her husband had died not long after the hurricane and she was not sure what she was going to do. As we were talking to her I could see the inside of her house - it was completely gutted.

Here are some pictures of the area.

I'll have more to say about the stupidity of the government trash pickup later.

My aunt lived in this area for 40 years and some of her children settled here as well. Here is a picture of her house. Luckily the X on the door had a zero in the lower quadrant.
Unlike other parts of the city there is no water line in this area, most likely because the water almost completely covered the houses. As proof here is the inside of my aunt's house

FEMA trailers are a common site throughout the city.

But there are some signs of life in the area. A common theme throughout is "We're coming back."
More to come.
Part 1 | Part 2

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