For the Good of the Gulf: UNC Law Winter/Spring Break Pro Bono Project

Monday, January 16, 2006

Photos from the 17th Street Canal Breach

On our last day in New Orleans, we visited the Lakeview neighborhood, just on the other side of this breach in the 17th Street Canal. The utter destruction was just incomprehensible. This photo was taken not long after the storm, long before our visit.

The following are photos of the Lakeview neighborhood (the homes just on the other side of the breach) as we saw it when we visited on Dec. 22, 2005, almost four months after the storm.

It's difficult to see, but the orange spraypaint on the front of this house (which sits directly in front of the breached levee) says "Danger" with a skull and crossbones symbol, and "RIP." In the upper windows, we could see a lamp and some bookcases, signs of a normal home before this disaster struck.

The entire front of this home, located just across the street from the breach, was ripped off by the rushing water. Just inside, we could see glasses and trays lined up on the counters in the kitchen.


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