Water Lines

Sunday, December 04, 2005

This is from a section of New Orleans known as Lakeview (even though there isn't really a view of the lake). Street after street looks like this. The houses are standing, but they are uninhabitable. I figure most of this gets bulldozed with a need to start over or allow parts of this area to serve as a safety valve. There is a ghost town quality to much of this area. There were hardly any cars on the street except for some people trying to salvage something from their houses or some disaster tourists taking pictures.


Doug said...
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MeaninglessHotAir said...

Barry, That is so sad. I used to take my kids to a babysitter in that very neighborhood. I know it well. It was a nice neighborhood, and one that I thought seriously of moving into given an opportunity. I don't want it to be bulldozed! Is it really true that all the houses are unliveable?

Barry Dauphin said...

Currently that is the case. I believe a lot of places in that area will have to be bulldozed although many might make due with some heavy restoration. There was several feet of water in those houses for a while. There is mold galore and the walls were saturated.

It was quite weird walking around the area. We drove from Canal St. to the cemeteries. Except for a few businesses in downtown, there were no businesses open and no one living on Canal St the entire way! On a Friday afternoon there were hardly any cars on Canal St. That is a very strange feeling.

Knucklehead said...


Not apropos of anything, but a number of years back there was severe flooding up and down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. I have relatives in Kansas City and had an opportunity to visit for several days, IIRC, about a year after the floods. Every errand run was accompanied by a little "flood tour". It was quite clear that the floods, to those who lived with them, were something the locals still had not mentally moved beyond. The water lines on buildings in the flood areas was ubiquitous. Some of the buildings were ruined, others returned to useful life.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of New Orleans.

Barry Dauphin said...


Well, one thing I'm sure that New Orleans will do is name a new drink after Katrina. It will probably be a drink that will tempt you to loot and leave buses in their parking lots. You'll pass out in a toilet and wake up with a blue tarp on your head.