|Mold growing on his leather couch|
Although we had seen hundreds of photos and video on televison, there was something about seeing the photos he took that day and especially the ones from inside the house that was horrifying.
|The refrigerators floated up and then crashed down as the water level receded|
People in South Louisiana are quite accustomed to evacuating from hurricanes. I evacuated from Andrew in 1992 while still at LSU, and Jim, Christian and I evacuated in front of Georges in 1998. But there is never the expectation that the storm is REALLY going to hit. Unfortunately, that was not the case with Katrina.
|Mold on EVERYTHING|
|Parquet wood floor tiles|
Five years later and we have not been back. There is a part of me that doesn't want to see the changes in the city or the evidence of the storm that remains. But the city is recovering. And I am beginning to want to return for a visit.
There is an excellent online exhibit about the X codes left on the houses by the first responders. If you want to take a look, go to The X code exhibit.