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Katrina - Doors of New Orleans by Kicks02 Katrina - Doors of New Orleans by Kicks02
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 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
this is a neat picture. i was born in NO but now live in Ruston LA. best state in america.
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inheartwifmello Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
We'll never forget.
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
thanks! :handshake:
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inheartwifmello Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Yep. Its a wonderful picture.
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jlmack1993 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
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.
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
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.
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jlmack1993 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
Yes, you're right. I remember seeing the X marks on houses around here for quite some time after Ivan.
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
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!!!
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
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.
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loveroftheforest Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Great Shot!! Im from Plaquemines Parish and also saw many notes written on the side of homes with spray paint. Love this picture!
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Thanks! How are you doing now?
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loveroftheforest Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Were still rebuilding and praying for a calm storm season!!!
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NDSunshine Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
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.
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
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.
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NDSunshine Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
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?
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
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.
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NDSunshine Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
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!
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Done!
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KallieReAnn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
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:
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
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.
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Monyok Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
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
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
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.
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Monyok Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
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)
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
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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Monyok Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
well, good luck and best wishes for you all once again! I hope'll abel to visit you in the future!
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grey-fox24 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
My parents have a doors of New Orleans painting in the entrance to the house. If I had money, I'd buy this as a print and see if they'd hang it next to the other one.
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
That's a nice compliment. But before it could be blown up poster size I'd have to rebuild it in a larger file. To blow it up now it would get all pixeled. Send me a note with your email address and I'll see if I can put something together that you can bring to a printer.
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grey-fox24 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Don't worry about it, just saying it would be neat to have the two side by side. I really don't have the money for prints.
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blinkers Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
I love this photograph although I wish it were a little bigger so we could see the details.

When I was four years younger, and a little while after Katrina, I was very much pro the entire destruction of New Orleans. Again, four years later, it's my dream destination. I am so in love with the cajun culture, the music, and perhaps most importantly, the food.

How is NOLA doin' now? I keep hearing different things from different people. 'It's better than everyone says,' or 'It's so much worse than everyone says.'
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks for viewing my photos and the comments.

I've been considering redoing these colleges in a larger format. I'll let you know when I do.

If you've been wanting to come to NOLA for a while I say come on down. You'll really enjoy it. But don't expect to get a true Cajun experience. New Orleans is more Creole than Cajun. Originally, Creole was a person of French descent born in the colony. After Spain owned the colony Creole became a person born in the colony of French and Spanish descent. That would be the case with me on my father's side. Somehow blacks started to adopt the term. I'm not sure how.

Cajuns mostly settled in the area outside of New Orleans. They were the French settlers that were kicked out of Canada. Some went to northern states, some went back to France, and others came down here and created their own culture (that's me on my mother's side). Oh, the ones who went to France were eventually kicked out of there too and they did make their way to New Orleans, but adapted to the Creole culture.

Is NOLA doing good or bad now? That depends on who you talk to and what they have personally seen, experienced, or heard about. Everybody has different sources of information, so you'll get different stories. As far as I know there is not a single gauge that NOLA can be measured to determine how we're doing overall.

If a person is more in tuned to the crime issue they might say that NOLA is worst off. Yet we did get rid of our DA who was letting criminals out of jail and not prosecuting others. That hasn't been happening since he resigned.

Pre-K (pre Katrina) our public school system was always in the news for its failures and corruption. With new superintendent and Recovery School District and Charter schools I'm not seeing all these terrible stories on the news anymore.

We're still not at 100% in our public services: Police, Fire, Medical, and Transportation. But we're getting there.

Housing is still an issue. After Katrina you heard the expression "We'll come back Bigger and Better". Of the homes that I see being repaired or totally rebuilt, they are much better and many really are Bigger! I see many historic type homes that were in disrepair Pre-K that are now gorgeous. Neighborhoods that are repairing are looking better and better. However, there are still areas of NOLA that houses are still abandoned with weeds growing all over. Many lots are still empty where a house once stood.

I work in the distribution industry. Katrina destroyed one of our two retail stores and crippled our wholesale distribution service. Now we have four retail stores (2 in NOLA, 1 on the north shore, and 1 in Baton Rouge) and our wholesale division is hitting record numbers. I'm sure some other companies have similar situations and some have gone the opposite way and went out of business. I know some that have failed.

Overall, we are improving. We knew from day one that it was a long road home. It's only been two and a half years. That may seem long, but with the total number of entities that need help recovering it's really not that long at all.

I hope my long winded reply has not been too boring and has helped you understand us better. Feel free to ask any questions you want.
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erinmid Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
looking at this picture almost made me take a moment of silence. it's sad and kind of chilling, which is what i'd imagine being there would feel like, too. the collage idea is a good one.
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Thanks for the comment and sharing your emotion. That's kind of what I wanted to accomplish by doing those collages.
I saw in your gallery that you do a lot of drawing. Me too! If interested you can see mine on my Kicks01 account at this [link]
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lunargale Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
I'm not from New Orleans and I think that the rest of the nation is still kind of turning a deaf ear towards the locals there. I went to New Orleans last November. The first building I remember seeing was a blue house with the (now iconic) 'X' on it. As we passed the streets in the 9th ward I just shook my head and cried quietly. The bravery of the people and their ability to smile touched me.

You've done a wonderful job photographing the still remains of the storm as well as life afterwards. I'll be watching your gallery for updates.
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Kicks02 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Wow, thanks for such touching comments. I appreciate your thoughts of New Orleans and the people here. And thanks also for keeping an eye on what other photos I'll be posting.
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lunargale Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
You're more than welcome.
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