In August 2005, I returned to Barbados after living in New Orleans for nearly two years. I missed the catastrophic natural disaster Katrina by a mere 3 weeks.
I returned to my former city in July 2006, almost one year post Katrina. I was shocked at the amount of damage and devastation that still exist one year after the hurricane and its concomitant flooding.
I took many photos when I was there, some of which I will be sharing with you. What you see in these images does little justice to describe the sense of awe that overcame me when I saw the damage first hand, nearly a year after Katrina hit the flood-prone Big Easy.
I also heard a few first hand accounts of the furor, fright and frenzy that ensued in New Orleans after the hurricane hit which intensified and mystified my whole perspective of this historical incident.
The extent of damage, a year later, is phenomenal. This beautiful city
that I once called home will never be the same. As we remember the
images on TV and all the controversy generated by Hurricane Katrina
and her aftermath in New Orleans, let us remember all of those who
lost it all; those who are still displaced and all of those who lost
love ones in the calamity that befell the Big Easy.
One dreadful image that I can't seem to get out of my head are the X's on all the buildings with the date of search in the upper quadrant and the amount of dead bodies found in the respective building in the lower quadrant.