Tuesday, August 28, 2007

9th Ward Blues

Visited the lower 9th ward today.

These pictures were taken in an around the MRGO (Mississippi River Gulf Outlet), a shipping channel created to increase commercial traffic and access, primarily for military ship building industries.

While the MRGO has increased industry somewhat, it has also created a gulf that is more vulnerable than the river and more prone to flooding.

It flooded during Hurricanes Betsy and Katrina.

Most of these homes are deserted, or, inhabited by volunteer groups looking to repair and assist.

There are a few trailers though and a Habitat for Humanity enclave going up.

Mostly though, the area is a sad reminder of how many people who will not be coming home anytime soon, or never.

Even churches have born the loss and have not been repaired.

If you are interested in helping, habitat for humanity,common ground relief organization or the red cross are safe bets for assistance that has truly reached folks. Peace and beignets,Kerry
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KiWi said...

It breaks my heart to see how little help this area is receiving.

Emily said...

Thank you for sharing all these photos. It is so hard to see how little has been done after 2 years.