Sunday, September 18, 2005

More....Good pictures

Jedd Haas an artist from New Orleans sent me this link to more aftermath pictures. Ironically, the online photo albumn also has pictures from somone's trip to Napa so I was doubly excited to see the photos.


More Great Mid-City Pictures

I pulled this post off of Nola.Com's forum on Mid-City (which, by the way, is getting shamed by the Bywater/Marigny. They have 3K posts and we only have about 300). Anyway someone posted a great site for pictures of the aftermath of Mid-City flooding. The pictures are focused on the Carrollton area.


Also, the post that went along with it, albeit somewhat free form, was dead on. Again, credit for this goes to Nola.Com:

one word about going in....go in, look, leave, come back the next day...the shock of seeing this city like it is left me shell shocked, and all i saw when i closed my eyes was the LINE....the level of hell this city got, it started from only 6 inches downtown, to the full 6+ feet in took me some time, and then some phonecalls to get an idea of how much water my home should have....i will be going back soon, i have to save my home before the mold takes everything that survived the wind, flood, and whatever else...i will not let time hurt more, are you &^$&%# hearing me mr(s). big bad gov, some homes might have a chance...let us stop the decay of 100+ year old homes for #^$& sake....let ppl come back everywhere thats dry to clean .....some of us will be doing it anyway FEMA says dont go in or lose their help, insurance says get in, stop damage...whos right???

Reopening the city

No One wants the city to reopen faster than I do. No one is a bigger proponent of bringing back New Orleans more than me. Its kind of hard selling wine without a wine shop or customers. I've been back to Mid City five times now (going back Tuesday) and I've been deep into Lakeview and Old Metairie twice. Its nothing pretty and its not yet suitable for human living. I badly want to do this thing (getting back) but I also want to do it right. Like many people, I have a young child's health to consider and I hesitate bringing him back until things are significantly improved from what they are now. The picture above was from the Picayune's website and it shows my street Dumaine (several blocks back from my house) looking towards the Bayou, although it could be any street in Mid-City that flooded. IF we are going to rebuild our city we need a reasonable, accurate time frame for rehabilitation of the city instead of these hurry up and wait announcements like we've had in the French Quarter that do nothing but deject us. Its like telling a kid on December 23rd that Christmas is postponed until further notice. Also, AB was very clear on what Jefferson's return plan was -get in, look around and get out. You'll be back in a month. I'm the biggest Nagin fan there is, but is Hizzoner's (now rescinded) re-entry plan a call to come back and stay or a call to come back and pick up. There is too much political ambiguity at a time when an entire city needs hard, concrete calls to action.

I actually thank
FEMA for being a voice of reason. In yesterday's on-line Picauyne "Maj. John Thomas, a spokesman for the federal government’s Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, said federal officials are concerned with the timeline proposed by Mayor Ray Nagin to repopulate the city, which would begin Monday with a return to Algiers and then continue Wednesday with a return to parts of Uptown. Nagin's administration has already backed off on the timetable, saying it would take a wait-and-see approach for the schedule after Monday.
“What’s important to understand is that conditions are, in many cases, inhospitable,” he said. “It’s not like it used to be. People need to be aware of the safety and health hazards.”