Saturday, March 11, 2006

Lower 9th -- 6-1/2 months later

Return to New Orleans Lower 9th Ward -- six and one-half months later. No improvement. (Click on a pic to make it bigger)

Monday, March 06, 2006

Mississippi Gulf Coast - 6 months after Katrina

Took a drive along the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Saturday. While New Orleans got wiped out by flooding from burst levees, Mississippi's coast got smashed by Katrina's eye. (Click on a pic to make it bigger)

Here we have the remnants of a gas station.

Not exactly sure what this used to be.

Only the 'E' remains at this Waffle House.

This used to be part of a big casino.

Guess the signs are stronger than the buildings.

Buildings all gone here, but this Waffle House's sign was particularly tenacious.

Wonder what it was...

We drove though miles and miles and miles of this devastation.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Lakeview neighborhood - New Orleans - Six months after

House Speaker Dennis Hastert and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were in New Orleans today, being disaster tourists. They actually got out of their buses in the Lower 9th Ward but, as you'll see below, they whisked right through the devastated Lakeview neighborhood, which ain't lookin' any better six months after the hurricane and cataclysmic flooding. (Click on a pic to make it bigger.)

Here come the congresscritters. Their buses managed to kick up a lot of toxic dust for us reporters to inhale.

And whoosh, right on by they went.

"I wish they'd stop!" the woman in the mask told me. She and her husband had dropped by to check on their destroyed house, visible behind them.

Mardi Gras was fun, but New Orleans is a long long way from being anything remotely resembling normal again.
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