Thursday, August 27, 2015

More Katrina Pictures

You can see windows blown out of this downtown hotel. Even without the flooding Katrina would have been a problem; with the water, it was even worse.  

This was on Canal Street, a major road through the middle of the city.

This is Canal Street, closer to the Mississippi River (the high ground) than the previous picture.  The street you are looking down goes into the French Quarter, which is the oldest part of town.  They built the French Quarter on the high ground.

This is I-10 and that is a train bridge that goes over I-10.  It has a tendency to flood in heavy rains but that water has to be eight or nine feet deep .

Canal Street again.

Quite a mess!

Seven Quick Takes About Hurricane Katrina

1.  The spring after Katrina my daughter and a friend did a social studies fair project about Katrina. As part of that project, I took them to Lakeview, where a levee broke, and we took pictures.  She was in fifth grade; now she is a college junior.  

2.  Can you imagine all your worldly belongings on the curb?  Luckily, I can't either.  While some of my parents' stuff ended up there, their good wood furniture only got wet on the bottom and not for long (their house is in Mississippi, about three blocks from the beach).  My house in suburban New Orleans was fine.

3.  The Coast Guard station was over 100 years old.  It has been rebuilt, but obviously there isn't much of the orignal left.

4.  Here is a book you will not see reviewed here.  Why?  Because I work for the attorney who defended one of the main characters.  For all too many people Katrina was a nightmare that lasted for years.

5.  Katrina was a years-long nightmare for another client of ours, David Warren.  He was finally acquitted after years in jail.  Read his story.      I won't be responding to comments on either this quick take or #4.  

6.  Today a federal judge said that the Corps of Engineers has to pay to fix damage done by a canal they designed which contributed to massive flooding in the eastern part of New Orleans.  

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7.  Through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor may we be spared all loss of life and property during this hurricane season.

Check out my other posts this week for more Katrina photos.

Book Blogger Hop: August 28-September 3

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is hosted at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.  This week's question:

What time of the year does your library have its library sale?

They do it twice a year; in the fall and in the spring.  Before I was a book blogger, back when I didn't have books coming into the house all the time, I used to buy a bunch there.  Now I donate to the sale. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

More Katrina Photos

These pictures were taken in the months after Hurricane Katrina in Plaquemines Parish Louisiana.  Many people think of New Orleans as being at or near the mouth of the Mississippi River, however, it is about ninety miles upstream. While New Orleans is low compared to most places in the US, it is, particularly in the older parts of town, set on the "high ground".  As you continue further down the river you first enter St. Bernard Parish, and then, finally, Plaquemines Parish.  Much of Plaquemines Parish is swamp or open water.  The land is pretty much just a narrow band on either side of the Mississippi River.  There is one main road on each side of the river, and then, in the few small towns, a few more streets.  The people down there are mostly farmers and/or fisherman and/or offshore oil workers.  The levees down there were breeched during Katrian and pretty much everything was wiped out.  

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