New Orleans after Katrina

Lower Ninth Ward, May 2006

It’s impossible, through photos, to convey the devastation caused by Katrina. No matter how bad the images look, they pale in comparison to the reality: 80 percent of the city underwater; entire neighborhoods submerged in vile, sludgy water for three weeks or more; City Park and its magnificent trees shredded; cars on top of houses, houses on top of cars, living rooms exposed to view; and the markings on houses, indicating how many bodies had been found within.

These images provide is a small window onto what New Orleanians returned to after Katrina. These are some of the sights that prompted Monique Pilié to walk the Appalachian Trail in order to raise money to replant the city.

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