New Orleans New Year part 2
Anyway, while E and I were riding in the 9th Ward 99% of all the other vehicles in the area were folks with cameras - photo cameras, video cameras, and even a motion picture camera in an SUV with a California license plate on it. I found out that the day after we were there, Gray Line Bus Tours began a tour through the damaged areas. Now I find this to be disgusting. Notice they're charging $35 for adults and $28 for children and donating a whopping $3 from each ticket to one of five non-profits that benefit Katrina and Rita victims. It's just sick to profit from other's loss so please feel free to send them an email telling them just how you feel.
As for our drive, I can tell you that photos do not do the devastation justice. Until you are there and smell the mold and see the dusty powder that covers the streets and round a corner to have to drive around a house that's sticking out in the street, you can't fully get the impact of this storm. I think if I had seen anyone there who had once lived there I would have gotten out the car, hugged them, and cried with them.
The photos below will mostly speak for themselves. Sorry the quality isn't the finest as the light was waning when we were driving around. If you click the image, you'll be able to view it full size.
This first one is a block very near the levee break. The first few blocks look just like this. No houses are left standing as the rushing water was just too powerful.
The house in the center is sticking out into the cross street.
An example of the piles of debris in the streets.
Two houses that have collided.
An angel that survived and landed in a driveway.