Mon, 03 Oct 2005
I added captions and descriptions to all the pictures posted up yesterday so you know what you're looking at. We have started cleaning now and drove out to New Orleans East to see Jennifer's other office. As many pictures as we have taken and it still doesn't convey the breadth of destruction. The sights are simply overwhelming. We go back past places and see things we missed the first time. Things like cars upended in backyards or trees. People like us have made it in to start assessing and ripping. There are 8 and 10 foot stacks of debris in front of houses everywhere you turn. The creepiest sights are the holes in the roofs. Seeing this in person has a much greater impact than it did on TV.
Links. Besides the pictures from yesterday which are now labelled, here is a
We came in Friday and got our first look at New Orleans an our home. We started taking pictures and a movie of the house as is for insurance purposes. Pictures cannot do this justice. Pictures can't convey the smell or the entire atmosphere of the city. The odd emptiness that is everywhere. We usually have pigeons in our neighborhood. They are gone now. We didn't even see roaches. Just the flies that are having one big party inside our unopened refrigerator.
After doing our assessment we did some driving around. No matter what you've seen on the news, nothing can really convey what the city looks and sounds like. The amount of devastation is numbing. It is everywhere. I've been too busy to really cry or grieve but I have simply filed it all away to deal with later.
We drove through Lakeview which took much of the worst of the water. Homes were inundated to heights of 12 feet in this area. People have nothing to salvage. We even went to the 17th street canal breach location -- our rough equivalent to ground zero. It's not the only breached canal but it's one of them and the one that most affected our neighborhood. The breach is over a city block long. It's hard to imagine what it will take for my home city to recover from all of this.
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