Hurricane Katrina - 9 Years Ago This Week

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    Aug 25, 2014 10:58 PM GMT
    I don't post things about Hurricane Katrina that often because it's hard to talk about. But I thought this slide series was interesting and thought I'd share it. The last photo is very hard for me to look at because it shows quite well the magnitude of what we went through. But I'm very proud of where we are today and how much we've grown from the tragedy.

    http://www.nola.com/katrina/index.ssf/2014/08/hurricane_katrina_then_and_now.html
  • rnch

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    Aug 26, 2014 1:15 AM GMT
    It seems like a lifetime ago.
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    Aug 26, 2014 5:06 AM GMT
    Yea where the *&^$ did that time go............im getting old.
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    Aug 26, 2014 5:36 AM GMT
    pazzy saidcan't believe it's been 9 years already since this.




    that whole katrina disaster was fucked up though. heard that they blew up the levees on purpose though. don't think that place will ever be the same after that. it's like the world trade center. it's haunted.

    Ugh, that was Kanye's turning point. From then on he'd start going down the path toward total douchery.
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    Aug 26, 2014 12:39 PM GMT
    libertpaulian said
    pazzy saidcan't believe it's been 9 years already since this.




    that whole katrina disaster was fucked up though. heard that they blew up the levees on purpose though. don't think that place will ever be the same after that. it's like the world trade center. it's haunted.

    Ugh, that was Kanye's turning point. From then on he'd start going down the path toward total douchery.


    also that business of dynamiting the levees is currently being debated. Its highly unlikely that they blew the levees intentionally and more likely that the "boom" sounds described by people were simply the sounds of the concrete "T" walls on top of the levees giving way. Buildings don't get demolished here due to the neurotic historical preservation board so nobody would know what an intentional explosion sounded like anyway unless they'd been in the war (i think one guy had been just that but that's one guy, and most people probably wouldn't know what a T-wall collapse sounded like anyway. i sure as hell don't)

    Now...YEARS ago (talking early 20th century) before we had the Bonnet Carre Spillway they used to dynamite the river levees above New Orleans to take pressure off the ones in the city. The spillway does the same thing with less "Oh dear, where's my car got to?"
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    Aug 27, 2014 12:48 AM GMT
    I was in New Orleans for a trade show and left 2 days before Katrina hit (in fact, the show I was there for was the last thing in the convention center before the disaster, and alot of show material was still there when the refugees started flooding in). No one knew then just how bad this storm would devastate the area.
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    Jan 08, 2015 6:11 PM GMT
    I fled New Orleans late Saturday, August 27 knowing that life would dramatically change for all of us, but I could not imagine the carnage left in Katrina's wake or the indifference of the people and agencies who had the ability to help us but did not. I returned to my mother's home in Gretna, across the river, on Sept. 17, just in time for Rita's landfall on Sept. 23. My timing sucked and I thought at one point that I would lose my mind! I was able to return to my Uptown neighborhood on Oct. 3. What a shock. One third of my house's roof was missing and the rainwater had soaked the living room furniture, soaked the plaster, which had mildewed and fallen from the walls and ceilings. The front of the house was uninhabitable. My normally busy neighborhood was deserted. There was one other person besides me within a 3 block radius. Eventually other neighbors returned. My neighbors were close to me and we helped each other out as much as we possibly could, and a closer knit community developed as a result of this hardship. I learned first hand the value of good neighbors, and that I could survive just about anything.
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    Jan 09, 2015 12:27 PM GMT
    Whatever happ to that young kid (now ten year anniversary of Katrina this year!) who was interviewed and was like "this is ridiculous!!!"