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Katrina - Doors of New Orleans

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Published: August 27, 2007
Katrina and the Doors of New Orleans

Its been two years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005 and flooded New Orleans. As the rescue workers searched houses for stranded people they spray painted marking on the houses indicating that it had been searched.

The date is at the top of the 'X'; the unit doing the search is on the left side of the 'X'. The right side wasn't always used. 'NE' = 'No Entry', the house wasn't searched. The the bottom number shows how many dead bodies were found in the house.

Then there are times where a message was left, such as the photo in the lower left corner of this collage that says "1 DEAD IN ATTIC".

Some houses have the marks above the doors or even on the rooftops. That's because that's how high the water was when the search occured.

Two years later these markings still remain on many houses and building, the ones that haven't been torn down or were able to be repaired and dawn a fresh coat of paint.

This is a collage of some of the photos I've taken over the past two years that show evidence of the search and rescue that went on for weeks after the storm, and the body recovery that went on for months.
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theStripelessZ3BRA's avatar
this is a neat picture. i was born in NO but now live in Ruston LA. best state in america.
inheartwifmello's avatar
Yep. Its a wonderful picture.
jlmack1993's avatar
This is an incredible picture. I was in New Orleans yesterday, and I actually saw some of these "x" marks still on peoples doors and houses.
Kicks02's avatar
Some of those house just haven't been repaired yet, others keep the marks as reminders of what was and could be again if we don't do something to prevent it.
jlmack1993's avatar
Yes, you're right. I remember seeing the X marks on houses around here for quite some time after Ivan.
Kicks02's avatar
Let's see, Ivan was coming to Louisiana but veered north and hit Mississippi and Alabama, went up to Virginia and out in the Atlantic and dropped back down south looping around Florida and back into the Gulf and hit the Louisiana- Texas border. So, no telling what state you live in!!!
Kicks02's avatar
Since you're a teacher,and from Plaquemines Parish, I gotta ask if you teach at SPH. If so, I took a lot of photographs of your team in the superdome at the State Championships. I was doing photography for NOLA.com.
loveroftheforest's avatar
Great Shot!! Im from Plaquemines Parish and also saw many notes written on the side of homes with spray paint. Love this picture!
Kicks02's avatar
Thanks! How are you doing now?
loveroftheforest's avatar
Were still rebuilding and praying for a calm storm season!!!
NDSunshine's avatar
I have some pictures of doors and houses of in the neighborhood that we helped clean up in New Orleans. I wish more people would realize the devestation is still there. I plan on transferring to LSU in order to help more; it hurts my heart when I have to leave that wonderful city.
Kicks02's avatar
Wow, you really going to LSU? That's awesome, cause you seem so much in love with this area and have your heart in it. I hope you benefit educationally from it. You deserve good things happening to you.
NDSunshine's avatar
You know, you are definitely a kind person. It's nice to meet people in places you wouldn't expect! I mean, heck, I made a friend right here on DeviantArt! :) Do you have Yahoo or any other kind of messenger?
Kicks02's avatar
Since I use my company's laptop, I'm pretty limited on what I can away with loading on it. I do, however, use Windows Live Messenger. If you use that I can send you a note with my email, which is my messenger ID.
NDSunshine's avatar
I have Live Messenger also, although I don't use it often. A lot of my friends have mentioned they use it, so perhaps I'll take it out of hiding! My ID is fireandicecreations33@hotmail.com . Go ahead and add me!
KallieReAnn's avatar
Thanks so much for sharing! I'm all too familiar with this, and it's too bad everyone is still suffering.

I've volunteered numerous times down there and got the opportunity last year to join AmeriCorps/Louisiana Delta Service Corps and moved to NOLA for a short period of time.

I miss Louisiana so SO so much, but I'll be there for a visit at the end of the month.

Your pictures help hold me over until then. :nod:
Kicks02's avatar
Thank so you much for taking time to come here and help with the recovery. And now we have people in surrounding parishes still suffering from loses due to this year's storms Gustav and Ike.

Let me know next time you come down here if you want to hook up and do some touring and photography work with me. Just send me a note here on DA. I'll put you on my friends/watch list.
Monyok's avatar
time after time I wondered what happened to New Orleans, because they didn't say anything in the news.... And I wanted to know what is the situation in NO right noe... :O
Kicks02's avatar
Thanks for asking how we are doing in New Orleans. We are still in recovery. Much has been done to get the city and most businesses back up, but many, many homes and businesses are still destroyed or badly damaged. We are still hurting on public services, like police, fireman, medical, schools, etc. It's going to take many more years to get back to where we were. Some people say we'll never get back. I think we will and I think we'll be a better city. many people have the same faith I do.
Monyok's avatar
well, I live in europe, so I really and I never was on the other side of the ocean, but New Orleans always was a symbol of music for me (as a musician it's quite important, sorry). And I always wanted to visit... And I felt even more shocked when heard what happened.
Anyway, don't loose your faith, I think you'll rebuild that city, I don't know if it'll has the same feeling... But I wish you the best luck for that!
(at last... sorry for my bad english)
Kicks02's avatar
Your englist is very good. I understand everything you say.

New Orleans may look a little different after we rebuild but the music and culture will never die. I also play music and the music of New Orleans is in my blood.
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